Call for Papers and Educational Courses
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Posted by: Jon Shiver
the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is ecstatic
to be REELING IN AT THE REEF- in the fabulous Florida Keys
for its annual state-wide conference!
Ocean Reef Club near Key Largo has been
selected for our location. The allure of this magical private community draws
us to discover and enjoy what most will never have the opportunity to
experience; of course, unless one is a member of the club. This private
community boasts a private airport, cultural center, medical center, animal
care center, academy, chamber of commerce, community foundation, chapel and
it’s own public safety department.
planned and pristinely executed community sits on 2500 lush tropical acres
bordered on three sides by water. The club can be reached by land, air or sea.
More than 1,700 condos, villas, townhomes and single family residences make up
the real estate. The community is easily traveled by way of golf carts, bikes,
and is refreshingly pedestrian friendly.
While down at
the reef, there are many recreational opportunities including a wonderful spa,
fitness center, tennis center, water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, and
diving, children’s activities, nature center and eco-tours, shopping, and of
course fishing charters. The club is home to not one, but two championship18
hole golf courses, which is a rarity in the Florida Keys.
There is even an academy of golf with PGA certified golf pros on staff. Many
restaurants and cafes are on property, and there is even a cooking school. The
conference facilities contain an ample 30,000 square feet of meeting space with
a 7,500 square foot ballroom. And let’s not forget ……..the beach! Ocean reef is
just an hour and a half drive South of Miami International Airport. Airport
shuttles or rental cars are available at MIA. There is no necessity to rent a
car for the duration of this conference as Ocean Reef is most easily traveled
by golf cart. The elaborate golf cart culture is part of what makes this
destination so fun and unique.
Reef Club reflects the thoughtful creation of an ideal, exclusive community of
like-minded people. From the modest fishing camp and 26-room lodge established
by Morris Baker in 1945, the interests and expertise of our members have guided
the growth of our private club and community. The original 9-hole course, laid
out in the 1950s, evolved intotwo 18-hole championship courses, a clubhouse and a
pro shop. A tidal swimming
created during the fifties along with a swimming pool. Shops began to appear.
Moorings became a marina. It was a good place
Ocean Reef became a private club in 1993 following the buy-out from the former
developer. Then as now, daily operation of the Club has been overseen by the
board of directors, the club staff and committees. As the years have passed,
the number of members who own their own homes with magnificent views has
continued to grow. Close to four thousand members of ORC remain determined to
preserve the private club’s rich traditions and gracious lifestyle for future
generations. The "Clubs
within the Club”
– many with their own long histories – have proliferated to accommodate an
unusually broad spectrum of interests. There is a fire
with full-time doctors and an impressive array of visiting specialists. A corps
of public safety officers trained as first responders, with ambulance and
airlift on call. A landing
and a flying
Restaurants and shops. Yet none of these
amenities intrude into the prevailing calm that’s so highly prized. "
the Ocean Reef Club’s official website.)
"Reeling in at the Reef”-
are grasping at numerous amazing opportunities and riding the tides offered to
us in today’s dynamic and changing environment: They are finding themselves collaborating
in lead roles with other disciplines in a wide array of project types, with
varying complexities, challenging cultural differences, and overlapping scopes.
Landscape Architects have energetically taken on the challenge of becoming
competitive leaders by upgrading business practices and branching out into
other markets to remain relevant and effective. Our conference theme answers
the call to simply ‘Reel Us All In’
- reunite us, rejuvenate us, and bring us a relaxing reunion with our unique profession.
The theme connects us to the sense of place of the aquatic venue and references
the Ocean Reef Club’s history and the club’s humble beginnings as a laid-back
fishing village on the outskirts of development.
THE TACKLE BOX. Educational Tracks and
Suggested Course Content:
educational tracts are being proposed. Within each track, FLASLA has identified
a number of recommended course topics that it would like to feature. In
addition to regular courses offering CEU or CEC credits, the conference will be
offering one or more Advanced Building Code and Law Courses required by the
Florida Department of Professional and Business Regulation.
submitter is encouraged to tailor their presentation to best address these
preferences. However, FLASLA will consider other options provided that they
still substantially incorporate the overall conference theme and one of more of
the proposed tracks. Submitters are encouraged to offer a variety of
interesting presentation formats that will engage the attendees including
multiple presenters, hands-on interactive workshops, panel discussions with
questions and answers, and especially because of our remarkable venue, outdoor
site visits, tours, and demonstrations.
educational tracts are as follows:
Track 1- CASTING OUT LINES
This track offers
a variety of interesting tools and knowledge on raising the awareness of the
profession in the marketplace, expanding and branching out into related
disciplines to master new services, and broadens horizons and passions related
to the dynamic field of landscape architecture. Such courses may include the
workshop. A hands on training course for learning and keeping up with changing
technology in Auto CAD, BIM, Revit, Sketch-up, Photoshop or other digital
technologies that make production more efficient.
Technology workshop. Refreshing our memory on how to hand sketch, watercolor
paint, or produce renderings and drawings the old fashioned way. Perhaps this
course could be taught outdoors drawing upon inspiration from nature.
history and photographic tour of Biscayne
National Park. A park
guide speaks about the history of the park, the flora and fauna abundant there,
and the future sustainability of it.
and Garden Photography. A workshop on how to select and operate the latest
digital camera equipment, and a hands-on workshop of the different techniques
used to best capture our designs on camera.
Flagler Railroad. The life and history of Henry Flagler and how his railroad
effected the development of the State of Florida
and the keys.
7 mile bridge. The history and future of the bridge.
Gardens. A history of the design of the
garden, and a presentation from the director about future initiatives and
Castle, Monkey Jungle, or other local attractions. A history and photographic or day tour of this
enigmatic local landmark.
landscapes. Practical knowledge about how to sustain vegetables in the tropics
and how to navigate local codes and regulations against the design of them into
Florida Nursery Growers. Presentation from
the FNGLA discussing the history of the historic Redlands agricultural area and the large
nursery and farming industry at our doorsteps.
Miami Marine Stadium. History and preservation efforts.
Track 2- REELING IN THE CATCH
gives sound practical working knowledge on tangible skills, laws, codes and
techniques that landscape architects must stay current on in order to remain
efficient , creative, and competitive.
Trimming Laws and Procedures. This course would lend itself well to being
conducted outdoors with a hands-on demonstration.
course design and environmental sustainability. How can landscape architects
learn more about how to make golf courses more sustainable? The hammock course
at Ocean Reef is built around a tropical hammock, and lends itself to site
solutions. The latest and most dependable sod choices- their design qualities
and maintenance issues.
Ecology. Explaining the different ecosystems and sustainability issues related
to coastal environments including sea rise and how landscape architects can be
informed of changing codes and laws relating to designing in coastal
for ‘Off the Grid’. Design technologies implementing solar energy, water
collection systems, corrosion resistant materials, wind energy, and edible
gardens for future living.
- Storm water management. Panel
discussion on laws and regulations, collaboration with civil engineers, and
best practices for storm water management.
Lighting Design. The latest in low voltage and LED lighting technology and
hands-on lighting demonstration at dusk outdoors.
technology. The latest in water saving, low emitting irrigation systems for
designing with sustainability in mind.
in the Caribbean. Panel discussion on shipping
materials, acquiring local work personnel and work ethics in dealing with Caribbean governments.
University’s LA department. A presentation from the director about the
program and presentations from students showcasing their work.
Roofs and Wind. Technical, structural and municipal code issues facing
landscape architects designing green roofs in Florida.
ADA. Hands-on study of ADA codes outside in the field.
infill. How have programs such as LEED and new urbanism changed the way our
cities grow and develop and how can landscape architects position themselves in
lead urban design roles.
Preservation challenges. Contrasting different approaches to how historic
preservation techniques are implemented in harsh coastal environments such as
the Keys and Miami
where it costs less to demolish and rebuild than to restore.
venue design. Miami Marlins stadium design and green building technology
implemented in the design and construction of the facility.
pool design and aquatic engineering. Workshop describing the latest in pool
Track 3- RELEASING BACK TO PERPETUITY
may be one of the most important because it focuses in on refining and
improving the skill sets used to implement the ‘professional practice’ aspect
of our profession so that landscape architects lead in the business world as
respected business owners , project managers, and prime consultants.
firm / small business enterprise. Taking the proper business and financial
steps to go out on our own to open and maintain a ‘micro-firm’ outside of the
security of a large firm. The pros and cons of working as a design – build firm
vs a traditional design only firm.
and networking. Building marketing partnerships and honing skills in efficient
networking that targets your market audience, and connects efficiently with
building business in the local community.
business internationally. How to negotiate the terrain and expand business into
the legislative process. How do landscape architects keep current on new
legislation and legislative actions the directly impact their livelihood? How
to keep informed and interface with lawmakers to keep licensure a valuable
personalities in the office environment. Managing changing values and
personalities between employees ranging from baby boomers to emerging
negotiations. Preparing highly effective proposals, contracts, and work orders
that are not legally intimidating. Building mutual understanding with clients
contractually and how to negotiate fees efficiently and powerfully.
a profitable business. Learning effective strategies in office management areas
including basic book-keeping tools, tax laws, personal management, and health