"Common Ground" was the theme for this year's American Society of Landscape Architects Florida Conference held on July 11-13th in Orlando, Florida. It did not disappoint! The conference was packed with three days of captivating keynote presentations, award winning student and professional work and thoughtful discussions on equity, resiliency, and more. One topic that received a lot of attention from keynotes, panels and the president of the ASLA was on gender inequality in landscape architecture. This topic is near and dear to our hearts at Plot Studio and we were honored to have the opportunity to present our work and insight on the topic.
On Thursday TJ Marston, founder at Plot Studio and faculty at Florida International University, led a presentation and panel discussion on supporting women in the workplace with her friend and landscape architect, Whitney Tidd from Dix. Hite + Partners. TJ presented ongoing research on gender equity in our profession which she curated in collaboration with Samantha Solano from Juxtopos and the University of Nevada along with her team at Plot Studio. Their research was the first to uncover the career ladder for women in landscape architecture and will be released publicly by the end of this month - so stay tuned!
Three graduate landscape architecture teams from TJ Marston's Spring Graduate Design 4 Studio at FIU were selected to be featured by Midstory, Toledo's media think-hub, this summer. The students will produce a video presentation of their innovative proposals for Toledo's Warehouse District. Their work will be featured on Midstory's website and at the citywide summer gala titled “A City in Transit” at the Downtown Train Station on August 3rd.
"Midstory is dedicated to retain, cultivate, and attract youth and the public from disparate segments of post-industrial cities—beginning in the city of Toledo, Ohio—by interweaving stories of science, art, and culture. Our Vision is to have a powerful midstory in the nation, curating a voice for postindustrial communities—toward renewed socio-cultural capital in the Midwest." - Midstory's Mission
The three teams selected had a range of ideas such as deploying tactical urbanism through experience themed loops, creating a new productive urban waterfront along Swan Creek, and developing urban agro-tourism in downtown Toledo.
To catch a sneek peak at their team projects, read more below!