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BSLA: 21st Annual International Digital Landscape Architecture Conference

June 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cybernetic Ground: Information, Imagination, Impact


On-Line Pre-Registration required: REGISTER NOW

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  1. Algorithmic design and analysis of landscapes
  2. Mobile devices, Internet-of-Things, and ‘Smart’ systems in the landscape
  3. Data Science and Landscape Information Modelling
  4. Drone/UAV imagery and uses
  5. Digital fabrication in landscape architecture
  6. Visualization and animation of landscapes
  7. Augmented reality (AR), Virtual reality (VR), and immersive environments
  8. Geodesign approaches, technologies, and case studies
  9. Digital landscape architectural responses to climate change
  10. Social media in landscape architecture
  11. Teaching digital landscape architecture
  12. Digital landscape architecture in practice

See BELOW for the full list of speakers and topics, by date.

BSLA is pleased to partner in this event. We aim to offer LA CES credits; 4.0 LA CES for each conference day, June 3 and June 4, for a total of 8.0 LA CES credits total. CREDITS ARE BEING REVIEWED AND ARE NOT CONFIRMED. This website will be updated as information is available.


Pre-conference workshops are free but registration is required; seats are limited.

DLA2020 Speakers + Titles 

Wednesday, June 3

Madeline Brown, University of Florida: Mapping Landscape Values with Social Media

Mahsa Adib, Penn State University: Fostering Community-Engaged Green Stormwater Infrastructure Through the Use of Participatory GIS

Olaf Schroth, HSWT: Telling the Story of a Landscape Plan Online

Michaela F. Prescott, Monash University: RISE Planetary Health Data Platform: Applied Challenges Development

Michael G. White, UNSW: Simulation of Plant-Agent Interactions in a Landscape Information Model

Steven Velegrinis, Aecom: Plus Urbanism: Using Digital Tools to Realise Urban Landscapes that Create More than They Consume

Le Zhang, University of Illinois: Ecosystem Services, Smart Technologies, Planning Support Systems, and Landscape Design: A Framework

Nastaran Tebyanian, Penn State : Application of Machine Learning for Urban Landscape Design: A Primer for Landscape Architects

Kian Wee Chen, Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment  Princeton University: Modelling the Built Environment in 3D to Visualize Data from Different Disciplines: The Princeton University Campus

Philip Belesky, RMIT University: Sandscape and Datascape: Augmenting the Augmented Reality Sandbox

Mintai Kim, Virginia Tech: How Does the Brain Engage with Daytime and Night-time Sceneries?

Suat Batuhan Esirger, Istanbul Technical University: Recycled Plastic to Performative Urban Furniture

Mandana Moshrefzadeh, Technical University of Munich: Towards a Distributed Digital Twin of the Agricultural Landscape

Benjamin H. George, Utah State University: Flying High: A Case Study of the Integration of Drones into a Landscape Architecture Curriculum

Micah Taylor, University of Georgia College of Environment + Design: Crowdsourcing Environmental Narratives of Coastal Georgia using Mobile Augmented Reality

Anna Calissano, Harvard GSD: Going Beyond the Euclidean Setting in the Statistical Analysis of Human Movement in Urban Landscape

Jozef Sedlaçek, Mendel university in Brno: When Does the Point Cloud Become a Real Tool for a Landscape Architect? Teaching Experience

Keunhyun Park, Utah State University: Empty Parks: An Observational and Correlational Study Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Ahmet Cilek, Cukuroa University  Landscape Architecture Department: Generation of High-Resolution 3-D Maps for Landscape Planning and Design Using UAV Technologies

Agnes Patuano, WUR: Fractal Geometry for Landscape Architecture: Review of Methodologies and Interpretations

Gabriela Arevalo Alvear, OLIN: New Technologies + Algorithmic Plant Communities: Parametric / Agent-based Workflows

Siqing Chen, The University of Melbourne: Noise Mapping in an Urban Environment: Comparing GIS-based Spatial Modelling and Parametric Approaches

Hans-Georg Schwarz-v.Raumer, University of University of Stuttgart: Development and Application of Circuitscape Based Metrics for Urban Ecological Permeability Assessment

Joseph Claghorn, University of Sheffield: Using Spatial Network Analysis to Recover England’s and Wales’ Lost Footpaths and Rights of Way

James Melsom, University of Technology Sydney: Multi-scalar Geo-landscape Models: Interfacing Geological Models with Landscape Surface Data

Jörg Rekittke, Norwegian University of Life Sciences: Convergent Digitality for Design Action in Obstructed Landscapes

Stephen Ervin, Harvard GSD: A Brief History and Tentative Taxonomy of Digital Landscape Architecture

Zihao Zhang, University of Virginia: Cybernetic Environment: A Historical Reflection on System, Design, and Machine Intelligence

Adam Mekies, Harvard GSD  Site Innovations: Three Cases of Re-configuring Scope, Agency, and Innovation for Landscape Architecture


Thursday, June 4

Adam Tomkins, The University of Sheffield: Bridging the Analog-Digital Divide: Enhancing Urban Models with Augmented Reality

Hyunji Je, Seoul National University: Therapeutic Effects of Interactive Experiences in Virtual Gardens: Physiological Approach Using Electroencephalograms

Gideon Spanjar, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences: Eye-Tracking the City: Matching the Design of Streetscapes in High-Rise Environments with Users’ Visual Experiences

Travis Flohr, Penn State: Creating Virtual Environments in Support of On-line Problem-based Learning

Guoping Huang, University of Virginia: Digital Visualization in Web 3.0: A Case Study of Virtual Central Grounds Project

Mariusz Hermansdorfer, Aalto University : Bridging Tangible and Virtual Realities: Computational Procedures

Xun Liu, University of Virginia: The Third Simulation: Augmented Reality Fluvial Modeling Tool

Anthony J. DePriest, Utah State University: Visualization Tools for Visual Impact Assessments: A Study of Existing Technologies

Wendy Walls, The University of Melbourne: Digital Modelling as Interdisciplinary Design Practice: A Focus on Microclimate Simulation

Ata Tara, RMIT University: Growing by Place: Identifying Building Height Limits

Luwei Wang, University of Florida: Park Suitability Index: Developing a Landscape Metric for Analyzing Settlement Patterns

Ata Tara, RMIT University: Designing with Nature-based Solutions to Mitigate Flooding in Mataniko River Catchment, Honiara

Werner Rolf, Technical University of Munich: Algorithmic Landscapes Meet Geodesign for Effective Green Infrastructure Planning

Chiara Cocco, University of Cagliari: A Quantitative Approach to Geodesign Process Analysis

Tijana Dabović, University of Belgrade РFaculty of Geography: Geodesign Meets Its Institutional Design in the Cybernetic Loop

Howard Hahn, Kansas State University: A Pedagogical Retrospective: Gamifying the Konza Prairie through an Interdisciplinary Studio

Daniel Meehan, Penn State – Geodesign: Under The Eye: Using an Ecosystem of Digital Tools to Analyze and Solve Land Use Planning Issues

Melanie Piser, THD: Adolescents in Spatial Planning:  A Digital Participation Platform

David E. Goldberg, The Pennsylvania State University: Robots in Paradise

Xi Lu, University of Sheffield: Landscape Visualisation and Visitor Perception in the Guangzhou Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Wei Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural University: Assessing Urban Park Open Space by Semantic Segmentation of Geo-tagged Panoramic Images

James Palmer, Scenic Quality Consultants: Visual Prominence as Perceived in Photographs and In-Situ

Mohammed Almahmood, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University : Public Space Public Life 2.0: Agent-based Pedestrian Simulation

Ulrike Wissen Hayek, ETH Zurich: Effects of Animated 3D Point Cloud Simulations on Emotional Responses

Joshua Brook-Lawson, TU-Berlin: CFD Comparison Project for Wind Simulation in Landscape Architecture

Yannis Zavoleas, UNSW: Designing Bio-Shelters: Improving Water Quality and Biodiversity

Aidan Ackerman, SUNY ESF: Animation of High Wind-Speed Coastal Storm Events with Computational Fluid Dynamic

Colin Chadderton, Harvard Graduate School of Design: Sensors in the Landscape: A Peatland Perspective




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