June Meeting & Presentation on Landscape Design with Case Study of Black Rock Sanctuary

Join us for an evening dedicated to landscape design with speaker Carl Kelemen, RLA, FASLA who will discuss the craft of landscape architecture through a detailed discussion of the Black Rock Sanctuary Wetland Creation and Environmental Interpretive Trail Project. This one-of-a-kind 120-acre site, one of 21 decanting basins along the Schuylkill River, is a remnant of the industrial revolution and coal
era. The park takes advantage of its location along the Atlantic Coast Flyway to create breeding and nesting habitat for rare and endangered migrating waterfowl. First phase work included restoration or creation 47-acres of wetland environments. The second phase of this project, included an interpretive trail, the primary goal of which was to explain the unique relationships between wetlands and their associated environments to children in a highly interactive way. The trail and its interpretive stations were organized to describe the simplest (defining habitat) to the most complex concepts (impacts of society on the environment) in alignment with the PA Dept. of Education’s curriculum for environmental education.

Carl is active in the American Society of Landscape Architects, and served as the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter’s Vice President, President, Member-at-Large, and representative to the Society’s National Board of Trustees. He is the Chapter’s Public Awareness coordinator and serves on the ASLA (National) Professional Practice Committee. He is on Philadelphia University’s School of Landscape Architecture Advisory Board and an adjunct professor, teaching courses in construction document preparation and professional practice. He serves on the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee, the Montgomery County Park, Trail and Heritage Sites Advisory Board, and the Bike, Montco Steering Committee. Carl is a Registered Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

Carl R. Kelemen, RLA, FASLA

Carl earned an Associate Degree in Landscape Design from Temple University and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has worked for government agencies, large and small architecture, and engineering firms, and in the design-build world. He was the sole proprietor of Evergreen Landscape Associates and a founding partner of KMS Design Group, LLC. In early 2017, Alta Planning + Design assumed KMS and brought Carl in as a Principal. His long career includes a wide variety of projects for township, borough, county, state, federal, and non-profit agencies, along with a variety of private clients. Projects he has completed include park, greenway, trail and recreation planning; site and landscape planning and construction; community building; streetscape design; construction document preparation; and, construction contract administration.

June Meeting & Presentation on Landscape Design with Case Study of Black Rock Sanctuary

Date - 06/26/2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Center for Architecture

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