Scott Scarfone, PLA to Present: Current Movements in Site and Landscape Design

American Public Garden Association 2023 Conference

We are thrilled to announce an upcoming presentation by Scott C. Scarfone, PLA, at the American Public Gardens Association annual conference at Fort Worth, Texas, June 7, 2023.  If you’re at the conference, stop in the Sundance 5 auditorium, from 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM CST.

In a world where trends come and go, movements hold the power to reshape our perception and interaction with the environment. Scott Scarfone will explore the significant shifts occurring in site and landscape design, driven by pressing concerns such as environmental degradation, social equity, and financial sustainability. This presentation will offer valuable insights into the innovative approaches employed by Mahan Rykiel’s team of landscape architects and planners.


Environmental Factors:

Scott Scarfone will discuss the landscape designers’ adoption of new approaches that prioritize the environment. Key areas of focus include:

  • Resiliency: Designing landscapes capable of withstanding and recovering from environmental shocks and stresses.
  • Ecological Design: Incorporating principles that promote the conservation and restoration of ecosystems.
  • Biophilic Design: Integrating natural elements and patterns to enhance human well-being and connection with nature.
  • Planting Design: Emphasizing native and adaptive plant species to create resilient and ecologically diverse landscapes.
  • Stormwater Management: Implementing strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of stormwater runoff and promote water conservation.

Social Considerations:

Recognizing the importance of inclusivity and community engagement, landscape designers are actively addressing social issues. One crucial aspect discussed will be public engagement and involving diverse stakeholders, including local communities, in the design process to ensure projects meet their needs and aspirations.

Financial Sustainability:

Designing economically viable and adaptable landscapes is crucial for long-term success. Scott Scarfone will highlight designing for flexibility/revenue by creating spaces that can be adapted for various purposes and generate revenue, ensuring financial sustainability and the ability to evolve with changing needs.

Learning Outcomes:

Scott Scarfone will shed light on how designers effectively address environmental challenges such as degradation and climate change. Additionally, attendees will explore the significance of social issues like equity and justice, and understand how landscape design can contribute to financial sustainability.

By embracing the emerging trends and concepts highlighted in this presentation, designers can play a vital role in creating a more sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous future for clients and the environment.

Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to get in touch with the presenter – he can be contacted here: Scott C. Scarfone, PLA, ASLA | LinkedIn

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