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Places for People: Measuring Landscape Performance with LAF’s 2023 CSI Program

LAF hosts live webinars in which guest presenters share innovative work and discuss timely issues. The recorded webinars are archived on LAF's website, and many can be viewed on demand to earn continuing education credits through LA CES. LAF is able to make these resources freely available thanks to the financial support of individuals like you. If you find this webinar valuable, please consider making a donation to help us cover hosting and administrative costs. 

The Landscape Architecture Foundation's Case Study Investigation (CSI) program supports faculty-student research teams who work with designers to assess and document the performance of sustainable landscape projects as Case Study Briefs. In this first in a series of webinars, three teams from the 2023 CSI program presented their research process and most compelling findings from their efforts to quantify environmental, social, and economic benefits of exemplary landscape projects alongside their firm partners, who provided background for the projects.

The remaining seven 2023 CSI teams will present in future webinars in the series: Midwestern Gems on October 10 at 1pm ET, Coastal Projects on November 28 at noon ET, and Destination Projects (to be announced). Registration and more information on additional webinars forthcoming. 

Landscape Performance Series Sponsors

LAF's landscape performance work, including the CSI program, is supported by these generous sponsors.


  1. Understand how the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Case Study Investigation program is furthering landscape performance research.
  2. Explore specific metrics and methods used to evaluate the environmental and social performance of landscape projects.
  3. Learn about the goals and sustainable features of exemplary landscapes.

continuing education credits

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This course is approved for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and meets the health, safety and welfare requirements (HSW). To earn 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW):

  1. View the full webinar above.
  2. Complete the short quiz by following the link below. (You must score 75% or higher.)
  3. Wait ~2 weeks to receive your confirmation email once the quizzes are graded and results submitted to LA CES.

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The presenters are CSI faculty Fellows and student research assistants from the 2023 CSI teams. This webinar includes the three teams below presenting their projects and findings. The remaining seven teams will present in separate webinars; see above.

Project: Story Mill Community Park, Bozeman, MT
CSI Team: Montana State University + Design Workshop
CSI Research Fellow: Rebekah VanWieren
Student Research Assistant: Nina Barfoot

Project: Moore Square Park, Raleigh, NC
CSI Team: North Carolina State University + Sasaki
CSI Research Fellow: Carla Delcambre, PLA
Student Research Assistant: Melissa Dominguez

Project: Environmental + Natural Resources 2 Building, Tucson, AZ
CSI Team: University of Arizona + Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture
CSI Research Fellow: Kirk Dimond
Student Research Assistant: Olivia Gilliam

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LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.