Learning Labs

Visit ASLA’s Learning Lab theaters for live product demonstrations—many offer 1 PDH. Preview the latest innovations and technology offered by exhibitors.

Exhibitors interested in sponsoring a Learning Lab session, contact .


Meet celebrity guest John Gidding, host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal

An architect by training, John worked for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates before embarking on his successful television career. Hear how he selects and uses products for his projects at his Learning Lab on Saturday, 12:15 – 1:15 pm.


11:00 am – 12 Noon
Learning Lab 1
Building Stone Institute

An Introduction to ANSI/NSC 373—Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone

Understand how certification will position the materials of verified stone producers and processors to benefit specifiers and clearly support green building philosophies. Sponsors: BSI and Natural Stone Council

Presenter: Daniel Wood, Lurvey Landscape Supply

11:00 – 12 Noon
Learning Lab 2
Kichler Lighting

Lighting through the Seasons

Well designed sustainable lighting endures all climates and enhances all architectural and landscaping elements during all seasons. Kichler will discuss the versatility and impact of lighting in landscape design and architecture enhancements and share innovative methods and options to maximize lighting year-round.

Presenter: Jeffrey R. Dross, Kichler, Corporate Director, Education and Industry Trends

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Learning Lab 1
Neenah Foundry

More than Metal: The Design, Selection, and Requirements for Cast Utility and Decorative Products

The design and manufacture of gray and ductile iron castings has advanced significantly in the past two decades. That progress has opened a world of opportunities for innovations in both utility and decorative products. This session updates the attendee on the changes that have occurred particularly with respect to products that serve the architectural and landscape architecture marketplaces.

2:45 – 3:45 pm
Learning Lab 1
BioNova Natural Pools

Natural Swimming Pools: Design Trends for the Modern U.S. Landscape

Natural Swimming Pools (NSPs) are chemical-free, ecologically harmonious, and healthful for swimming. This presentation will provide a general overview of NSPs and trends for both one-pot and two-pot designs in the North American landscape. Presentation topics will include environmental sustainability, Swimming Ponds vs. Natural Swimming Pools, maintenance, and aquatic plants.

Presenter: Alan Weene, BioNova Natural Pools 

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Learning Lab 1
DeepRoot Green Infrastructure

Plant a big idea. Watch it change a city.

Join DeepRoot for a lively cocktail hour and presentation by James Urban, FASLA. Learn about the evolution of the Silva Cell and newly released Silva Cell design. Jim will also speak about the performance and lessons learned from some of DeepRoot’s oldest projects.

Presenter: James Urban, FASLA


9:45 – 10:45 am
Learning Lab 1
Columbia Cascades

Hillside Chutes: The Marriage of Landscape and Play

Learn to design a wonderful hillside slide chute for your signature play space. Discussion will cover the physics of slides, plus how to select the right material, put waves and curves into your embankment slide, and ensure compliance with safety and accessibility standards. Installation requirements and estimated costs will also be covered.

9:45 – 10:45 am
Learning Lab 2

Blue is the New Green: Applying Principles of Reconciliation Ecology in Urban Waterfronts

With the proliferation of human population along coastlines, growing threats from high sea levels, and increasing storms, coastal infrastructure—breakwaters and seawalls—are becoming more common. To date, such structures have been designed and built with little or no consideration to marine life—reducing their ability to provide valuable ecosystem services. ECOncrete presents an innovative approach to utilizing ecologically sensitive design and construction technologies that enhance the biological and ecological value of coastal infrastructure.

Presenters: Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel and Dr. Ido Sella

11:00 am – 12 Noon
Learning Lab 1
Nemetschek Vectorworks

BIM for Site Design and Planning

Learn how site-specific, intelligent 2D/3D design tools create faster workflows to get from schematic design to construction documents. Integrating 2D drawings with artistic and photorealistic 3D models saves time when analyzing and preparing for presentations, in turn, providing the right tools for geodesign and collaboration with BIM clients.

Presenter: Eric Gilbey, ASLA

11:00  am – 12:00 Noon
Learning Lab 2
ModWood Americas, LLC

Specifying Modified Wood Outdoors: Requirements, Performance, and Deployment Issues

Modified wood provides expanded options for outdoor projects without toxins or tapping old growth forests. To safely deploy modified wood, you must reconcile modified wood with accepted outdoor wood principles and have an understanding of the targeted project environment, application use category, and the effect of the modification method on the wood itself.

Presenter: Doug Murray, ModWood Americas, LLC

12:15 – 1:15 pm
Learning Lab 1
BioNova Natural Pools

Communicating Natural Swimming Pools to Clients

What is a Natural Swimming Pool, how are they different, and how a landscape architect can incorporate these chemical-free watershapes into the sustainable program for their client’s landscape? Presentation topics will include vocabulary of the NSP, how to discuss renovations of existing pools and ponds, and communicating expectations to clients.

Presenter:  Alan Weene, BioNova Natural Pools

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Learning Lab 1
Mycorrhizal Applications, Inc.

Mycorrhizal Fungi: How to Harness Nature’s Ultimate Sustainability System

This presentation provides an enlightening opportunity for landscape industry professionals to become more knowledgeable about Mycorrhizal fungi-organisms of profound importance to soil and plants. Attendees will receive valuable information on how to harness these organisms in a wide variety of project situations.

Presenter: Larry Simpson, Mycorrhizal Applications, Inc.

1:30 -2:30 pm
Learning Lab 2
FX Luminaire

Luxor Wi-Fi Lighting Controller: Zoning & Dimming

View a demonstration of the latest advancements in wireless outdoor lighting control. The popularity for outdoor living has increased over the last decade and so has the demand for more flexible lighting control. The LuxorZD system uses Wi-Fi technology to allow the end user to easily adjust lighting intensity as well as on-demand control for every FX fixture on site.

Presenter: Drew W. Tedford, FX Luminaire


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