U of G Hosts North American Landscape Architecture Conference

February 19, 2008 - News Release

The University of Guelph 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 40 universities throughout Canada and the United States.

This year, U of G will host the conference for the fifth time.

"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," said Prof. Maurice Nelischer.

"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 includes 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.

For more information on LABash08 and to register send e-mail to labash08@hotmail.com.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, l.hunt@exec.uoguelph.ca or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982, d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca

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