Landscape Architecture graduate student, Simone Stark, and alumnae Aurora Alcaide Ortiz and Patricia Matamoros have been nationally selected to present their “Game-Changer” presentations at the annual American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference in San Francisco slated to take place November 11-14, 2022. The Game Changer presentation is a call for ideas that can change the field of landscape architecture and drive innovation.
Simone Stark, 2023 Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) candidate, submitted her presentation titled, “ Silhouscapes – A Digital Visualization of Local Ecologies through the Artform of a Silhouette.” It intends to be used as a digital educational tool that utilizes the visual art of silhouette as a core technique in plant species recognition and landscape design visualization. Stark’s presentation is meant to provide a positive impact on environmental sustainability and adaptability.
Alumna Aurora Alcaide Ortiz ’19 earned her MLA from FIU and her presentation is titled, “Designing Past a 100 Year Planning Horizon, Now.” The project focuses on advocating and persuading stakeholders to begin designing past the 100-year planning horizon, taking into account the effects of climate change in any region.
Both presentations along with alumna presenter Patricia Matamoros’ project in 2021 titled, “ A Streetscape Adaptation Strategy Using Permeable Pavers” mark a record for the number of FIU CARTA students being selected since the Game Changer Program began.