Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fall into Landscape Architecture Lecture Videos

If you missed the Fall lecture series, don't worry, you can watch the recordings of the lectures.

Chip Sullivan

Dan Euser

Saturday, December 6, 2014

ASLA Conference

Landscape Architecture students had the unique opportunity to trade their time as volunteers for attendance of the ASLA Conference in Denver from November 21st until the 24th. In total, students volunteered over 700 hours of time! Which was the said to be the greatest turn out for student volunteers in the conference's history.

 Students volunteered as expo attendants, room monitors, and greeters, having the opportunity to listen to the lectures of some of the biggest names in the field.  A few students were introduced to Peter Walker!

The Expo was held on Saturday and Sunday the 22nd & 23rd of November. The expo provided students with the opportunity to test and visualize materials, play equipment and be introduced to new computer rendering programs. There were also book signing events, illustrations up for viewing, and unlimited opportunities to connect with professionals in the field.

 Overall, the 2014 ASLA Conference and Expo was a novel experience for everyone involved. If you would like to see more photos from the conference, please visit our website:

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Original Landscape Cartoonist

Chip Sullivan spoke to students at Colorado State of his career as the first "landscape cartoonist" through the lens of comic books. He shared photos from his earlier days as a devotee of Madmen comics, which began his art education and set the framework for the rest of his career. As discussed in his lecture, story boards with individual frames are an effective tool for coaxing images out of a blank page and to record the creative process as ideas flow. Emphasis on the superiority of hand drawing is apparent in Chip's fascination with Disney & Pixar animators who still draw individual frames to capture each moment of cinematography before digital animation is utilized.

Chip encourages tuning of the biological clock in order to work efficiently when the creative mind is most active, as well as daydreaming and dream journaling to find inspiration. In his new publication, The Lanscape Imagineer, Chip explores the route of landscape architecture as a career and how some professionals have come to choose it. For Chip and many others, the manipulation of toy train sets and imagination of these small worlds played a key role.

Chip briefly discussed some of his new publications, including The Illustrated History of Landscape Architecture, Garden & Climate, The Seven Lamps of Landscape Architecture, and Cartooning the Landscape.

After the lecture, Chip signed & doodled in students' copies of his drawing textbook, Drawing the Landscape, then took a group of students on a drawing walk from the north end of Old Town.

The students and staff of Colorado State University thank Chip Sullivan for his time and enthusiasm.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Water Architecture with Dan Euser

Dan Euser, water architect of the National 9/11 Memorial in New York City and owner of DEW Inc., visited Colorado State University this week for the Fall Into Landscape Architecture series.

Dan provided insight into the design of the dual-waterfall feature at Ground Zero. The audience was guided through his process of reviewing precedents of man-made waterfalls in order to build a massive, thirty-foot-high prototype in his backyard that would evolve through trial-and-error and withstand inclement weather, as well as all four Canadian seasons. Dan went on to discuss sustainability measures taken and the obstacles faced during the process as a whole, concerning political hurdles, sound amplitude, uniform aesthetic, mold growth, water usage, and electricity costs. Eventually, the waterfalls' consumption rate was drastically reduced from cycling two-hundred gallons of water per square foot and racking up eight-million dollars worth of electricity costs per year, to a mere sixty gallons using a third of a million dollars annually. 

Sensitivity to sustainably-designed water features was extended to cover Dan's more recent and ongoing projects, including the Mississauga Celebration Square water plaza (ON, Canada), the misting water feature of Exhale (Chapel Hill, NC), and the fountains of the Belo Garden Project (Dallas, TX).

The students and staff of CSU thank Dan for his time and graciousness.

Monday, November 17, 2014

SCASLA Featured in The Source - A CSU online publication

Our Fall Into Landscape Architecture lecture series has gotten some great recognition! We are being featured on NPR and in CSU's online publication entitled The Source.

Please check it out!

Click here to read the article - SCASLA in The Source

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall Lecture Series













Fall into Landscape Architecture Lecture Series

2014 Nov 19 & 20
6:00 - 7:30 /Thurs: 5:00 - 6:30 Pathology 101

Be sure not to miss the Fall Lecture series which begins next week!  Also, we are hoping to get a good turn out so please invite your friends from other departments to come and listen.
Wednesday: Dan Euser 6 - 7pm
Thursday: Chip Sullivan 5 - 6pm

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dennis Rubba Lecture- 11/7/14

Dennis Rubba, of StudioINSITE, gave an inspiring lecture to students at Colorado State University this past Friday, November 7th. Dennis spoke of his twenty-eight years working as a landscape architect, beginning when he graduated from CSU's Landscape Architecture program in 1986. After working at Civitas (another well-known, Denver firm), he chose to continue his education at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, then went on to start his own Landscape Architecture firm. He began StudioINSITE in his basement with three partners, and today the firm is known internationally for its award-winning work. Dennis mentioned that what he learned at CSU has never left him, and he considers the fundamental hand-drawing skills from his education to be a critical part of design. 

StudioINSITE's most popular projects include The Marine Corps Museum, the recent Denver International Airport developments, and the Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora, Colorado. 

For more information on StudioINSITE, visit their website at www.studio-insite.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dennis Rubba of StudioINSITE lecture

November 7th will feature Dennis Ruba of studioINSITE who will be speaking at 12:00 in B101 of the NESB building. He will be discussing topics in the current trends in local landscape architecture, discussing the work of his studio, and his personal takes on the profession.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24th Denver Firm Visits

Students spent their Friday visiting Denver landscape architecture firms Wenk Associates and Dig Studio! Both firms gave students presentations on recent projects and a tour of their office spaces. Between these two visits, students had lunch and walked around downtown Denver, visiting several landscape architecture projects including the Union Station area.

Recent CSU alum Drew Button shows students around the Wenk Associates office.

Students walk around Denver.

Dig Studio's Principal Partner Gretchen Wilson explains past projects.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Upcoming Events

Stop by Ag day at Huges Stadium on Saturday from 10:30 until 12:00 and visit the SCASLA booth.
Ag Day

Sign up for the Wenk/Dig firm visit on October 24th sooner rather than later. Space is limited. We are leaving no later than 8:45am.
Wenk Associates
Dig studio

Also mark your calenders for Dec 6th for Ramride. We need 30 committed people so bring your friends! Remember, Ramride is going electronic this year so use the link below to sign up.
Ram Ride Volunteer Sign up

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery Visit

By: Carl Vogt

Students visited the Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery on Friday, the 26th of September. The Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery specializes in native species, xeric species and fruit trees. Ross Shrigley gave the tour. Some of the topics covered were how to "spec" a tree for a planting plan, b&b (balled and burlapped) vs. container planted trees, plant propagation and the Nursery's Integrated Pest Management program.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Like our Facebook And Twitter Pages

SCASLA has a new Facebook Page. You can like it here.

We also have a Twitter account. It can be found here.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

ASLA Fall Social at the Denver Botanic Gardens

A group of students from CSU were invited to the ASLA Fall Social at the Denver Botanic Gardens on September 11, 2014. Simultaneously there was an exquisite Chihuly glass sculpture exhibit throughout the gardens. It was a great night for networking, fabulous installations and incredible landscapes. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Design Workshop's Visit to CSU

The considerate and balanced approach of Design Workshop, Inc. was evident in the talk Aspen office colleagues Mike Tunte and Jay Courtney gave to landscape architecture students on September 12th at Colorado State University. Discussing projects as far away as China and as close as Denver, the team focused on urban design work. One important lesson: set a framework for things to take place in an urban environment. If you try to control every aspect of urban typologies, you’ll wipe out the life blood of the city.

Design Workshop’s framework for design balances the environment, economics, art, and the community, and the success of their framework resounds in places of true value. Students admired the ideas and graphics as the two went through the process of their projects. When collaborating with other firms or government agencies, Tunte offered some more advice: fight for your idea!

The Aspen office is offering a winter break internship – check out the Design Workshop website (www.designworkshop.com) to learn more.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Events for 2012 - 2013

September 21st: Park(ing) Day
November 8th: S.T.E.M. night at Shepardson Elementary
December 6th: Mined Landscape photography exhibit
April 9th: Laurie Olin (Laurie Olin Workshop at 9am)
April 10th: Christine Reed
April 11th: James Lord
April 12th: Walter Hood
April 18th/19th: Bradley Cantrell

Events For 2010 - 2011

15 October - Site visit, DBG Children's Garden with Robyn Bartling of Mundus Bishop
29 October - Office visit, Mundus Bishop
5 November - Office visit, R Design and Civitas
12 November - Office visit, Wenk Associates
19 November - Design and illustration workshop with Neil Emick of Wenk Associates
3 December - Office visit, DTJ Design
26 January - Portfolio review workshop with Kelly Spokus, 3:00-6:00
27 January - Design works by R Design, Ransom Beegles presenting
4 February - Open House, student work exhibition and gathering, 1-8PM
25 March - Daniel Tal, Sketchup Workshop, 9am - 4pm, NESB Visualization Lab.

Events for 2009 - 2010

January 29:Firm Visit, Norris Design
February 5: Guest Speaker, Scott Anderson (CSU Alum) of RNL. 12:00, B115 Natural and Environmental Sciences Builing.
February 18: Scott Streeb (CSU Alum) and Tim Kirby (CSU Alum) of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates presenting in Room B115 Natural and Environmental Sciences Building. The lecture will begin at 6:00.
February 22: T-Shirt Design Competition Deadline

February 26: Jana McKenzie, Principal & Vice President of Design + Planning at AECOM in Fort Collins, 1:00 in the NESB lecture room.
March 5: Design Concepts office visit.
March 12: Office tours, LandWorks and StudioInsite.
April 2: National Park Service Office Visit.
April 9: DTJ Design office visit.
April 23: Wenk Associates Office Visit

Friday, September 5, 2014

New SCASLA Blog!

This is the new blog for the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at Colorado State University. Stay tuned for news about SCASLA, upcoming events, and new happenings in the world of Landscape Architecture.