meant that presenters had a mere 15 minutes to address their primary ideas. Many found this insufficient. That issue apart, the conference featured a great variety of sessions, many presented by senior scholars in the discipline. Newcomers were able to network with new contacts and receive critical feedback. The local community was represented both in papers and colorful personalities, and a number of scholars collaborated on instructional sessions on topics such as writing, research, pedagogy, and practice. Students from the supporting design schools professionally monitored the sessions. The venue of the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, although effective for the number of conference attendees, was subterranean--three floors beneath grade and the downtown Los Angeles location was far from the city's more famous and infamous distractions. In contrast, the two off-site events were held, delightfully, en plein-air. Guests were efficiently whisked to the opening reception at the historic Union Station, built in 1939 in the Art Deco style, on the MetroRail (tokens provided!). Under the fronds of the honey locusts, attendees mingled with friends and colleagues, old and new. The closing dinner, held on Friday night in the Maguire Gardens (Lawrence Halprin, 1993) at the Los Angeles Central Library, was equally
Landscape Journal: design, planning, and management of the land – University of Wisconsin Press
Published: Oct 20, 2011
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