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ASLA offers guide to DC

9/13/2012

Let's put a good spin on Washington D.C., shall we? Granted, the mere mention of the word "Washington" can elicit groans (or worse). But whatever your politicial opinions, we should never forget that the city's a fabulous place. And the American Society of Landscape Architects has created an equally fabulous guide to D.C.'s treasures.

Here's the word from ASLA:
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Landscape Architect's Guide to Washington, D.C. This online, mobile-friendly guide will help visitors and locals discover more than 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. Expert commentary and more than 800 photos are provided by 20 landscape architects. It is located at www.asla.org/guide.

According to Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA, the guide is the first of its kind devoted to Washington, D.C. It highlights historic monuments and parks-including the National Mall and Memorial Parks and Capitol Hill-and examples of new sustainable works-including Constitution Square, a cutting-edge green street that is one block long, and Diamond Teague Waterfront Park, which incorporates man-made, water-cleansing wetlands on the Anacostia River.

"The guide will provide the 19 million tourists who visit D.C. annually, along with locals, a fresh perspective on both iconic and brand-new landscapes within the nation's capital," says Somerville. "D.C.'s vibrant public realm didn't just magically appear but was carefully designed over the years, and is continually evolving, through interactions among elected leaders, communities and landscape architects."

The guide is divided into 16 distinct tours in all four quadrants of the District-as well as a tour of the new D.C. bicycle network. Each tour covers multiple neighborhoods, and includes a printable walking or biking map.

The guide was created by ASLA in partnership with 20 nationally recognized landscape architects, all of whom are designers of the public realm and leaders in sustainable design. The guides were asked to explain the sites from a landscape architect's point of view and show how the design of these sites influences how people interact with or even feel about these places.

Check it out here: www.asla.org/guide/