This year, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) conference was back at McCormick Place Chicago. With a local presence, staff at Upland Design got involved with the planning and coordination of the chapter booth as well as field tours for the week long celebration of the profession.
Our very own Liz Dafoe led a field tour that highlighted Urban Agriculture in Action. The tour visited four sites that explored green roof systems and how they can expand beyond the traditional into the edible. This included stops at the McCormick Place Roof Garden, Gary Comer Youth Center, Harvest Commons: a Heartland Alliance Living Center, and the Roof Crop. The sold out tour presented the challenges and opportunities in designing rooftop gardens for food production and community garden space. Attendees toured the facilities and met with key designers and community organizers. The tour culminated with a presentation at the Roof Crop, a new rooftop agriculture facility and office of Omni Ecosystems. The presentation included a locally sourced lunch and an opportunity to learn about green roof systems, permaculture: designing beautiful gardens with edible plants, and community garden implementation in Chicago. Liz was awarded the Chapter Service Award for excellence in her involvement. Her dedication in promoting the profession of Landscape Architecture is seen through her passion. Congratulations Liz on this well-deserved recognition!