Editor's Note

Stephanie Stroud 

As I was putting together this month’s newsletter, which is chock-full of some pretty stellar upcoming events and important action items, I was thinking about story, and storytelling, and what an important role that is for landscape architects. In today’s world, we are saturated with information. There’s so much data so readily available that, even though it can make our projects rich and incredible, it can be staggering. At times, it can feel like we’re practically drowning in it. As landscape architects, our role as a storyteller helps us convey a message through that continual noise. Few professions specialize in wafting through a massive amount of information, discerning the overarching story and giving a voice to that story. Many artists tell stories, but they may not carry the spirit of place, or community. That, I think, is where we shine.

There are a lot of stories to be heard and shared this month. At the University of Washington, there is a screening of 10 Parks That Changed America with a special panel discussion. There is also an exhibit, Making the Cut, which features stories about the making of the Washington Ship Canal. On the topic of storytelling, see my interview with Seattle-based landscape architect Sara Zewde and see how she approaches design. And, with Spring comes opportunities to meet other like-minded landscape architects at the Imagine Tomorrow conference, during World Landscape Architecture Month, and at happy hours. Check out all of this exciting stuff below!

As always, feel free to send me your stories: [email protected]

Until Next Time,


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