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LABash Comes Back to Its Roots

Annual conference for LA students runs Feb. 21 to 24

U of G is hosting LABash08, an annual conference for landscape architecture students from across North America, Feb. 21 to 24.

The conference was started in 1970 by three Guelph students and, since then, has been held at close to 40 universities in Canada and the United States. This year marks the fifth time U of G has hosted the event.

“Generations of landscape architects from across North America fondly remember their LABash experiences as being important to their professional development and just a great time to meet students from many of the other 70 schools,” says Prof. Maurice Nelischer, associate director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Develop- ment.

“Guelph's international reputation as one of the leading landscape architecture schools is due in part to its continued involvement in LABash.Through the hard work of our student volunteers, we will again host more than 800 students who will take back positive impressions of the University.”

The theme of this year's three-day event is “Frontiers of Landscape Architecture.” The conference will include two dozen speakers who will focus on the different frontiers of the profession, projects, technologies and the environment.

Lecture and workshop topics include green roof design, urban growth and the value of countryside, making the most out of garbage, regreening cities, low-impact and green approaches to development, and integrating digital technology into landscape architecture.

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