Approximately 6,000 landscape architects and related professionals will descend on San Diego for the annual American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and Expo October 30 – November 2nd. At the event, landscape architects will be organizing a social media event and panel to utilize the power of the crowds to generate information and feedback about public spaces throughout San Diego.
Brian Phelps of Hawkins Partners (Nashville, TN), created a twitter hashtag (#LandArchSD) and a Facebook page designed to harness the powers of the crowd to collect information about how we use public space — and what we think about the public spaces in San Diego, California.
Using real-time technology – specifically, social media – will enable him to collect information from the hundreds of people exploring, touring, and visiting the city to collect images, data and observations. In describing the event recently to The Dirt, he writes:
“As the smart phone market continues to grow, more and more people are using these devices to access social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. The amount of location-based data (i.e. text, photos, video) being created everyday has created an unprecedented opportunity for landscape architects to learn more about how their projects, particularly major public spaces, are being used. In fact, the two-way communication of social networks coupled with GPS technology makes it possible for landscape architects to engage with users in real time. Social networks can also help facilitate a “community inventory” process as well as enable easier post-occupancy survey and analysis of built projects.
“The crowdsourcing event will use the Twitter hashtag #LandarchSD to harness the talent and expertise of landscape architecture professionals to collectively share their observations and discoveries about major public spaces in San Diego. Information will be captured through the use of mobile devices and shared by location-based posts on Twitter and the event’s Facebook page. Posts can contain text, photos, video, and more. Examples of content include statements, photos, or videos highlighting interesting design solutions or illustrating principles of good public space design in action, or comments on why users are using or not using a space and identifying opportunities for improvements.
“If you are going to the ASLA Meeting or live in San Diego, we invite you to participate by using a social media application from your smartphone (whether it’s on a Android, Blackberry, or iOS browser) or your desktop computer. To participate or even just follow the event on Twitter, the hashtag #landarchSD will be used to compile the information. (For those unfamiliar with hashtags and their use, a hashtag is a word or string of words without spaces or symbols proceeded by the “#” symbol created by any Twitter user as a way to categorize messages. Hashtags facilitate finding related information or following conversation strings on Twitter. Learn more about what hashtags are. You can also just follow the hashtag.)
“The event is being organized in conjunction with our education session “Social Media Strategies for Landscape Architects” held on Wednesday November 2, 1:30-3:00pm. At the education session, the panel will touch upon using social media for inventory and post-occupancy surveys and discuss the information collected through this initiative.”
This was originally published in ASLA’s The Dirt and reprinted with permission by Brian Phelps, ASLA, Hawkins Partners, Inc.