The 2020 CSLA-AALA Congress will be held June 18-20, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Calgary (700 Centre St. SE, Calgary, T2G 5P6, 403-717-1234).
The theme of the Congress is The Essence of Time: A Speculative Reflection on Landscape Architecture
Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors
We invite you to join us for the 2020 Trade Show or to participate as a 2020 Congress Sponsor to increase your company profile and remind our design professionals about quality services, new and innovative products, and leading-edge technology that can be used by landscape architects in their offices and projects.
Call for Abstracts - deadline extended to November 27th, 2019
Landscape architecture has been forged by the challenges and opportunities presented by changing cultural and ecological needs of our world. Our profession is defined by our motivations and ideas in responding to these needs. What if we're wrong?
The 2020 Congress is a call to arms for critical reflection and speculation.
- How will our responses to our present challenges be viewed in the future?
- Are we thinking big enough?
- Are we doing enough to address rapid societal and environmental change?
- Are driverless cars the answer?
- How should reconciliation affect the foundations of our profession?
- What are the building materials of the future?
Talk to us about your motivations and your critical thoughts. Where have we failed and succeeded? Push the profession. Invigorate our practice. Lead us to a better future.
The extended deadline is November 27th, 2019. Download the Call for Abstracts
Rooms are available at a rate of 209$ per night at the Hyatt Regency Calgary. This rate is guaranteed until May 17th, 2020. To make reservations, please click here or call 1-800-233-1234 and provide the Group Code: G-CASL.
The theme of the 2020 Congress is:
The Essence of Time: A Speculative Reflection on Landscape Architecture.
Landscape architecture has been forged by the challenges and opportunities presented by changing cultural and ecological needs of our world. Our choices and decisions are impacted by shifts in politics, climates, economies, social norms, styles, trends, and technology. Shifts occur in standards and best practices, materials and resources, people and technology. Our understanding of time, space, and nature are continually evolving as scientific discoveries stretch our imagination and speculate on an uncertain future. The way we respond to these changes and the choices we make is what our legacy becomes and what charts our future. Some are big decisions, and some are small. Some will impact millions over generations, and some will impact only a few.
The 2020 AALA-CSLA Congress gives us the opportunity to reflect on our past, consider our present, and anticipate our future. Let us examine the opportunities and challenges that have shaped our current reality, both locally and globally. Let us speculate on those challenges and opportunities we will face in the future. Let's talk about fashion, trends, technology, and theories. Let’s talk about infrastructure, industrialization, post-modernism, and immigration. Let’s talk about bees and climate change, driverless cars and life on mars.
Through a diverse program of presentations, walking tours, and other amazing activities, we will contemplate the full breadth and depth of our profession. We have organized the conference in three broad subthemes, The Past, The Present, and The Future. Throughout the weekend you will be able to tailor your conference to examine one or multiple streams. We welcome you to Calgary, a city whose lineage can be traced back 13,000 years and look forward to a thoughtful and exciting weekend of discovery.
What are the circumstances and decisions that led our cities, our landscapes, and our profession, to where we are today? What stands out? What doesn't? What should? Do we have any regrets? Should we?
Let’s pause and mindfully consider our profession today. What are the drivers of change? Where are we leading, and where are we falling behind? What are the motivations that will define our present legacy?
Where are we headed? What choices and actions will our profession be required to make in 2120, and beyond? Climate change is certain. Driverless cars are probable. What current basic assumptions will change to forge new directions for landscape architects? In what new territories, fields, or planets will we find our profession?
The Planning Committee
Jonathan Sagi, Chair
Todd Reade, AALA Executive Director
Michelle Legault, CSLA Executive Director
Matt Williams, AALA President
Jill Robertson, AALA