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October 9, 2013 - October 26, 2013

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Wed, 10/09/2013 (All day) – Sat, 10/26/2013 (All day)

ASLA-NY invites you to 6 great tours in conjuction with AIA’s Annual ARCHTOBER Event. Below are the planned events – RSVP is now open at: rsvp@aslany.org (Please indicate which event you are attending in the email) 


Wednesday, October 9, 3 pm

Tour of HOLD System: Flushing Bay, An innovative new design for stormwater management (Flushing Meadow, Corona Park)

Tour lead by:

Susannah C. Drake, Principal; Halina Steiner, Project Manager and Creative Director, dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc

Meet at: Mets-Willets Point 7 train station. Street level.


Highway Outfall Landscape Detention Systems (HOLD Systems) collect and filter storm water from elevated highway scuppers. They are planted, modular green infrastructure systems that absorb and filter pollutants such as oil, heavy metals and grease out of contaminated outfalls, rendering run off much cleaner as it is released into drains and waterways. The tour of HOLD System: Flushing Bay includes two pilot projects of these systems installed at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Learning Objectives (1 CEU)

Participants will learn:

  • Newly introduced construction techniques for green infrastructure
  • Choice of plants species used in conjunction with structural system

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Thursday, October 17 

Tour the first-of-its-kind NYC Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory at PS 41, a unique outdoor space that provides students with a fresh observational learning experience

The GELL Project- a Green Roof Environmental Literacy Laboratory is a 15,000 square foot vista of greenery and “living” rooftop classroom located at PS 41- The Greenwich Village School in Manhattan.

Over six years in the making, it opened in September 2012, and is the first officialgreen roof project by N.Y.C School Construction Authority, with the support and funding by elected officials. It is the largest green roof on a public school in New York City. The tour will be led by key members of the GELL project team: Project Architect Jose Miranda (Murphy, Burnham & Buttrick), Project Manager Agata Swikiak-Vetter (formally of Jonathan Rose Companies and now with Zubatkin), and Michael Yoken M.A.L.D. Regenerative Landscape Planning &Design

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PS 41 is located at 116 West 11th Street, NY, NY 10011. Please meet at the front of the school at 5:30 pm and bring a photo ID. For more information on the project: www.ps41.org


Saturday, October 19, 1 pm

Tour of Landscape Architecture Resilient Design Strategies in Rockaway Beach

Meet at:  86th Street, at the Concession Island

Tour lead by: Signe Nielsen, FASLA Principal, Mathews Nielsen

Note: Dress for the beach (may be windy, exposed, colder than in the city) and definitely wear good walking shoes


In part of the response to the impacts of Superstorm Sandy on the NYC shoreline in 2012, NYC created the opportunity for a collaborative approach to address the concerns of beach access and safety, and provide long term ecological solutions for the ever-changing coastal shorelines of the Rockaways, Staten Island and Coney Island. A team comprised of Landscape Architects, Architects, Engineers and City officials worked together in this effort, challenged by climate change, shifting shorelines and aging infrastructure, and by the need to provide measures that are resilient, sustainable, affordable and that can be replicated.

This tour will address on-site design issues, strategies and current measures taken to address both common and local site conditions. In particular, we will focus on a ‘kit of parts’ currently being developed by Mathews Nielsen, which is designed to accompany modular units for lifeguard stations for installation across the three boroughs. Also to be discussed is the role landscape architects can take to facilitate installation of such measures, ensuring quality of experience to the users as well as addressing complex environmental conditions.

Learning Objectives (1 CEU)

Participants will learn to:

  • Address long term issues regarding land planning for communities along the shorelines in anticipation for future storms
  •  Understand of applied measures that are being developed to address resiliency, in anticipation of future storms and to provide long term, resilient solutions  for the communities at risk;
  •  Consider choices in site materials and current methods of construction used along the shorelines, in anticipation for climate change while providing public access and stabilizing eroding dunes
  • Understand current trends regarding accessibility to ecologically sensitive landscapes and familiarity with issues regarding the local shoreline flora and fauna communities which are in need of protection

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Tuesday October 22, 10 am

Tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center Living Roof and Landscape plus Native Plant Tour

Architecture & Site Design: WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Landscape Architecture: HM White

Note: Tour consists of (2) 45 minute sessions with 15 minute break in between. First session begins at 10 am at the Visitor Center and Second tour will commence from the Native Flora Garden Extension at 11:15 am

Meet at: Entrance plaza and ticketing window to Visitor Center, (990 Washington Ave. and President St.)

First session – tour lead by:  Armando Petruccelli, Weiss/ Manfredi; Aaron Booher, Associate Principal, HM White


The new Visitor Center for New York City’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden is conceived as an inhabitable topography defining a threshold between the city and the garden. To provoke curiosity and interest in the world-class collection, the new building provides a legible point of arrival and orientation, an interface between garden and city, culture and cultivation. The design of the Visitor Center is seen as a seamless extension of the landscape. Nested into an existing berm, the Center is experienced as a three dimensional continuation of the garden path system, framing a series of views into and through the garden. Sited at Washington Avenue, the Visitor Center wanders from the city into the garden, providing clear orientation and access to the major garden precincts. The Visitor Center hosts a series of related sustainable landscape features that include a 10,000-square-foot living roof and a network of stormwater collection of bio-swales and rain gardens that cleanse, absorb, and manage the site’s high volumes of stormwater.

The Visitor Center redefines the physical and philosophical relationship between visitor and garden, introducing new connections between landscape and structure, exhibition and movement.

Second session meet at 11 am – Native Flora Garden Extension

Tour lead by: SiteWorks Landscape Architecture and Darrel Morrison

Description: Native Plant Tour (BBG Native Flora Garden Extension)

As an extension of the historic native flora garden, this unique site includes distinctive plant communities including a woodland edge, native meadows and a bog modeled after the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey and Eastern Long Island.  The tour will introduce participants to the design concepts for the garden extension that come one century after BBG first established its Local Flora Garden.

Many of the plants were propagated from seeds after being wild collected from their respective plant communities within New York City’s ecoregion.  Special attention was placed on each plant community’s unique soil type and biology by taking soil samples from the Pine Barrens and replicating them on site.  Drainage played a significant part to assist in the pond ecosystem.  In addition to the plant local procurement, all hardscape materials are native to the Pine Barrens.

Participants will experience a new view of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden while learning about ecoregional planting and hardscape design.

Learning Objectives (1 CEU)

Participants will learn:

  • Biologically healthy soil and its significance; included will be a discussion about insitu soil mixing and placing as a viable alternative to extensive testing of manufactured soils.
  • Current trends in the design of environmental systems; site materials available; and current methods of site construction
  • The process of procuring ecoregional plant material.
  • New York City Building Code and its implications to the practice of landscape architecture in New York City.

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Wednesday October 23, 4:15pm – 6:15pm

Tour of Governors Island

Tour hosted by: American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter / Regional Plan Association

Meet at: Ferry from Battery Marine Terminal at 4:15

Tour lead by: Jamie Maslyn , West 8; Kim Mathews, RLA, Principal, Mathews Nielsen


Tour limited to 40 people. This is a hard hat tour, comfortable closed-toe footwear are required. Hard hats will be provided.

Total time, including ferry transportation, will be approximately 90 minutes. A member of the Trust or Design Team will meet your group at Soisson’s Landing where the ferry docks on Governors Island and conclude on our new viewing balcony.


Governors Island is making fast progress on theconstruction of new park and public spaces. Behind their fences, they are also in the midst of an extraordinary transformation.  They are entering the final phase of construction of the new glorious park designed by West 8. Since the groundbreaking in June 2012, they’ve imploded derelict high rises, created a new resilient topography for 30 acres with thousands of tons of new fill and laid out bike and pedestrian paths with signature curb elements.

The tours will involve approximately one hour of walking on the construction site where visitors will experience the new views and landscape. An overview of the experience collaborating on the design and construction of these new landscapes will be provided.

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Saturday October 26, 10 am

Tour of Bushwick Inlet Park and East River State Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tour lead by:

Stephen Whitehouse, ASLA, AICP, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners

Gregory Kiss, RA, Kiss + Cathcart Architects

Charles “Chip” Place, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation


Meet at: Bushwick Inlet Park Headquarters Building, Kent Avenue at North 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Bushwick Inlet Park is the main community amenity created as part of the transformative Greenpoint-Williamsburg rezoning.  While future segments of the park remain to be acquired, remediated and constructed, the five acres of the first phase are now complete and in full public use.  The park has three main areas: a stabilized, naturalized waterfront edge, an artificial turf athletic field, and a community center/parks headquarters facility underneath a sloping, accessible green roof.  The resilient waterfront edge was fully inundated by Hurricane Sandy and came through with minimal damage. The illuminated soccer field hosts thousands of players each week and also provides a central stormwater reservoir, so that no site water enters the local combined sewer system. The green roof of the building provides a playground and panoramic views, with strategic openings so that all interior spaces of the building receive natural light.  Captured rainwater provides irrigation to the roof.  The building uses geothermal heating and cooling, while a photovoltaic array on the roof canopy provides 40% of the building’s annual electricity demand.

East River State Park, immediately to the south of Bushwick Inlet, retains industrial infrastructure as site features and displays a more adaptive, incremental approach to site remediation and development, with native meadow plantings and off-the-grid solar-powered park lights.  Open since 2006, it has become a major center of the public life of Williamburg.

The tour starts at Bushwick Inlet Park, starting down at the waterfront, moving back to the building roof, and may, subject to Parks Department approval, include an interior tour at the building.  Following Bushwick Inlet Park, there will be a brief tour of East River State Park, after which tour members can visit the Smorgasburg event, in progress. Tour will take approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

Learning Objectives (1 CEU)

Participants will learn:

1. Understand how waterfront edges can be designed, considering climate change and opportunities for human and environmental benefits.

2. Understand the integration of multiple systems into a complete site stormwater management plan.

3. Examine strategies for integrating architectural program into the landscape.

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October 9, 2013
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