February’s ASLA Meeting will be held next Tuesday, February 20, with the University of Memphis Design Collaborative. UMDC Director Andy Kitsinger and Jessica Buttermore will give us a brief introduction to the Design Collaborative and some of their most recent efforts around the City, specifically the North District. It is our hope that the rest of the meeting turns into more of a dialog between professions as we look at how streetscapes, urban waterways, and brownfields within the North District have an impact on the area as a whole. This is a great opportunity to have the voice of Landscape Architecture heard and to begin a collaborative relationship between ASLA and the UMDC.
After receiving positive feedback about last year’s event, we’ve decided to abide by the “if it ain’t broke” policy. This year’s Holiday Party will again be held on the covered and heated patio of Loflin Yard. Of course, food, drink, and probably entertainment will be provided.
Part 2 of our public art series will be held at the UrbanArt Commission’s new office! Executive Director Lauren Kennedy and her team will tell us about what they are doing to facilitate the creation of "meaningful public art that transforms spaces and environments across Memphis." This should be a great opportunity to learn how we, as place-makers, can collaborate with other organizations and artists to create a more vibrant community.
Join us on a tour of the art studio that created some of Memphis' iconic public art pieces, including the Overton Bike Arch, Broad Avenue Water Tower, Raised River, and many others. Sculptor and artist Tylur French will lead the tour and take us through the process of creating public art pieces from initial concept to design development and all the way through final fabrication and installation.
Wayne Norman of Ameristar will be presenting "Perimeter Security Planning - Products & Procedures". This AIA accredited presentation outlines the role of passive and active perimeter security barriers in an effective holistic approach to physical site security.
Brad Fritz with Porter Corp, parent company of Poligon, will be discussing “the benefits of working with a specialty manufacturer to design, engineer, and fabricate open air steel structures”. This 60 minute session is LACES certified and worth 1 CEU hour. Thanks in advance to David Jones of Mid-South Recreation for his help in setting up this learning opportunity.
Cumberland River Compact Spring Clean Event
Location and time TBD
Friday, March 24
12:30, Michael Hatcher & Associates
MHA Landscape Center and Brussel’s Bonsai Tour
Join us on a tour of Michael Hatcher & Associates new 22-acre headquarters and landscape center. Mr. Hatcher will be on hand to update us on the trends that he is seeing from a Landscape Contractor’s point of view and offer some helpful insight into landscape topics that we as designers might not think about on a daily basis. We will also have the opportunity to visit MHA’s neighbor, Brussel’s Bonsai.
Thursday, February 23
12:00-1:00, Memphis Botanic Garden
ASLA Monthly Meeting: Vortex International
Angel Rich of Vortex International will be presenting some great information about designing safe and sustainable splashpads as well as product information specific to Vortex International.
Rich Sanders of Clemmons Concrete – 1 PDH
12 pm: Metro Board Of Park and Recreation: 2565 Park Plaza
The university has invested in Knoxville’s urban renewal by renovating and furnishing a historic North Gay Street property for a new studio, gallery and fabrication lab. The 20,000-square-foot Fab Lab at 525 North Gay Street features a glass storefront that houses a new studio and gallery and two floors of industrial space as a fabrication laboratory.
Our state-of-the-art fabrication facility features 3D printers, water-jet cutter, laser cutters, an x-axis mill and robotics in addition to metal and woodworking equipment. The new technologies allow our students to work with 21st century tools, discovering both their limitations and the hidden potential of this equipment.
Join us on social media: UT Fab Lab.
Middle TN Section: Eyesore to Icon - Redeveloping the Nashville Waste to Energy Plant into a Public Park & the Ascend Amphitheater
Eyesore to Icon - Redeveloping the Nashville Waste to Energy Plant into a Public Park and the Ascend Amphitheater – 1PDH
Greg Brubaker, Principal at K.S. Ware and Associates, LLC
12 pm Cumberland River Compact
Wednesday, February 1
11:30am – 1:30 pm, The Atrium at Overton Square
Why Comprehensive Planning is Good for Business
Join ULI Memphis and the Memphis Business Journal as we hear from three public officials who led their respective cities through pivotal comprehensive planning processes.
Roxanne Qualls is the former mayor of Cincinnati and served as vice-mayor as they completed their award-winning plan.
Mitchell Silver, former city planner for Raleigh, NC, is the current parks commissioner for New York City.
Tim Keane guided Charleston, SC, through their plan as city planner and now leads the Atlanta department of city planning.
Registration opens at 11:00 a.m. Program begins promptly at 11:30.
The Atrium at Overton Square
$20 – ULI members
$30 – non-members
Thursday, April 13 (tentative)
12:00-1:00, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens
ASLA Monthly Meeting: Spring Garden Tour
The Dale Skaggs, Director of Horticulture at The Dixon, will be leading a tour of the gardens in what we hope to become a quarterly/seasonal event that will follow the changes that the garden undergoes and the specific challenges that Dale and his team face in keeping the gardens in showcase form year-round.
This year’s West TNASLA Holiday Party will be held on the covered (and heated) patio of Loflin Yard on Thursday, December 15th. A huge “Thank You” goes out to Midwest Block & Brick who will be sponsoring the party for the third year in a row!
Delicious food and drink will be provided.
Please RSVP to Owen Harris by noon on Tuesday, December 13. Of course, spouses and dates are welcome. I also encourage you to invite any prospective ASLA members that you may know.
Thank you again to Barry Sowell and Midwest Block & Brick for their generosity in offering to sponsor this event again! TNASLA appreciates their ongoing support!