April serves as World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), and this year the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will celebrate by showcasing the work of its 49 chapters.
WLAM introduces landscape architecture to the public by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces around the world. Established by ASLA, WLAM strives to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects the daily lives of everyone.
Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage and nurture both built and natural environments by designing projects that help define communities. Studies by the National Endowment for the Arts show that in the U.S., landscape architects are valued at $2.3 billion per year, and the latest data show that landscape architecture services accounted for 14 percent of total architectural services.
For 49 days, starting April 1, each chapter will have the chance to take over ASLA’s Instagram account each day to show the best of their profession from around the country. Landscape architects and the public are asked by ASLA to post pictures of their favorite landscape architect-design spaces with a card that reads, “This is Landscape Architecture,” tagged #WLAM2017, on social media. ASLA says that “This is Landscape Architecture” cards can be downloaded at asla.org/wlam or found in April’s issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.
ASLA states that this initiative hopes to create a national story about connecting students across the world that are collaborating ideas to promote the landscape architecture profession.
“ASLA and its chapters are excited to showcase landscape architects’ work in April and beyond,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “We’re looking forward to seeing all aspects of the profession, everything from iconic spaces like Central Park to sketches from students.”
Along with the takeover of Instagram, ASLA will share other pictures with #WLAM2017 on its Twitter and Facebook pages.