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DESIGN MATTERS – Rail-Volution 2014 
Mark A. Focht, PLA, FASLA 
President 
American Society of 
Landscape Architects 
2009...
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 
The Society’s mission is to advance 
landscape architecture through 
advo...
Complete Streets – Multiple Modes of Transit 
• Replaces outdated 
automobile-centric roads 
• Allows pedestrians, bicycli...
Connects Communities / Public Transportation 
• Locates housing, work and retail within 
walking distance of a bus or rail...
Walkable Communities / Active Living 
• Reduces automobile dependence 
• Improves health / fights obesity 
• Improves econ...
Positive Economic Impact / Increases Property Values 
• Special events generate public 
interest and economic activity. 
•...
Improves the Environment 
• Manages stormwater 
• Increases tree canopy 
• Reduces ambient temperature 
• Removes air and ...
Increases Sense of Safety 
• Varied lighting sources and levels 
increases safety and security.
Improves Quality of the Public Realm 
• Enhances the public’s appreciation 
of design and quality materials. 
• Utilizes d...
ASLA GreenStreets Implementation
ASLA GreenStreets Implementation
ASLA Federal Advocacy 
Federal Priorities 
• Active Transportation 
• Investing in Green 
Infrastructure 
• Community Revi...
SW Montgomery Green 
Street 
Portland, OR 
Nevue Ngan Associates 
2012 ASLA Honor Award 
Featured Projects 
Portland Mall ...
SW Morgan/Sylvan Way 
Corridor, High Point 
Seattle, WA 
SvR Design 
Featured Projects 
River Street 
Batvia, IL 
Altamanu...
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RV 2014: Design Matters by Mark Focht

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Design Matters: Six Questions, Many Answers

Six questions. So many answers! Meet national leaders from three collaborative design disciplines -- American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects and American Planning Association -- and see how each tackles the same six questions. Hear how they meet similar design challenges but with different values and priorities for why design matters. A series of three questions will be addressed by the panel to begin the discussion, and then the audience will expand the conversation by posing additional quesitons and issues that they face.

Moderator: Ron Stewart, AIA, Principal, ZGF Architects, LLP, Portland, Oregon
William Anderson, FAICP, President, American Planning Association; Principal/Vice President, Director of Economics and Planning for US West, AECOM, San Diego, California
Mark A. Focht, FASLA, PLA, President, American Society Landscape Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Russell A. Davidson, AIA, Vice President, 2016 President Elect, American Institute of Architects; President, Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson, Mount Kisco, New York

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RV 2014: Design Matters by Mark Focht

  1. 1. DESIGN MATTERS – Rail-Volution 2014 Mark A. Focht, PLA, FASLA President American Society of Landscape Architects 2009 Award of Excellence Buffalo Bayou Promenade Houston, TX SWA Group
  2. 2. American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. • Founded in 1899 • 15,400 ASLA members • 95 accredited landscape architecture programs • Landscape architects licensed in all 50 states
  3. 3. Complete Streets – Multiple Modes of Transit • Replaces outdated automobile-centric roads • Allows pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, persons of all ages and abilities, and others to safely access our nation’s rights-of-way.
  4. 4. Connects Communities / Public Transportation • Locates housing, work and retail within walking distance of a bus or rail station. • Creates better access to jobs and other economic opportunities for working families.
  5. 5. Walkable Communities / Active Living • Reduces automobile dependence • Improves health / fights obesity • Improves economic vitality
  6. 6. Positive Economic Impact / Increases Property Values • Special events generate public interest and economic activity. • Fosters adjacent private investment. • In Houston, TX the Bagby Street project resulted in a 20% increase in the rental market.
  7. 7. Improves the Environment • Manages stormwater • Increases tree canopy • Reduces ambient temperature • Removes air and water pollutants • Improves habitat • Educates the public
  8. 8. Increases Sense of Safety • Varied lighting sources and levels increases safety and security.
  9. 9. Improves Quality of the Public Realm • Enhances the public’s appreciation of design and quality materials. • Utilizes durable, longer-lasting and easier to maintain materials. • Shows someone cares!
  10. 10. ASLA GreenStreets Implementation
  11. 11. ASLA GreenStreets Implementation
  12. 12. ASLA Federal Advocacy Federal Priorities • Active Transportation • Investing in Green Infrastructure • Community Revitalization Through Parks • Supporting Our Small Businesses Active Transportation • Safe Streets Act • Transit-Oriented Development Infrastructure Financing Act • New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act • Highway Runoff Management Act • Transportation Alternative Program (TAP)
  13. 13. SW Montgomery Green Street Portland, OR Nevue Ngan Associates 2012 ASLA Honor Award Featured Projects Portland Mall Revitalization Portland, OR ZGF Architects LLP 2011 ASLA Award of Excellence Buffalo Bayou Promenade Houston, TX SWA Group 2009 ASLA Of Excellence City of Greensburg Greenburg, KS BNIM 2011 ASLA Honor Award
  14. 14. SW Morgan/Sylvan Way Corridor, High Point Seattle, WA SvR Design Featured Projects River Street Batvia, IL Altamanu, Inc. Bagby Street Houston, TX Design Workshop New City Revitalization New City, NY Behan Planning & Design

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