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At the national ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans, David A. Rubin will be giving three talks, ranging from historic and cultural landscapes to a provocative conversation about starting one’s own design studio. We look forward to seeing you at the convention.

FRI-B01 : Potomac Park Levee*: Closing the Gap on the National Mall
Friday, October 21, 2016 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM / Room: 352
In a post-Katrina world, an integrated solution to the National Mall’s Potomac Park levee was sought – one that would meet the performance requirements of the Army Corps and FEMA, while reinforcing the narrative and aesthetic needs of the National Park Service and associated agencies that have jurisdiction over this historic landscape. David will be joined by Peter May, the Associate Regional Director, Lands, Planning, and Design at the National Park Service and Thomas Luebke, Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, to discuss the final, elegant design solution and how it came to be.

FRI-D08 : Ground Up: Building the New Firm 2.0 
Friday, October 21, 2016 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM / Room: 271
This panel is a candid inquiry into the challenges of new firm start-ups – one that engages panel participants in the trials, tribulations, lessons, and passion involved in creating and managing a new practice. This discussion tracks the progress of five diverse practices from their inception. David is the moderator for a panel which includes fellow practitioners Roger Socha (TRUEFORM), Jennifer Horn (Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture), Todd Lansing (Creo Landscape Architecture), and Gyles Thornley (Connect One Design).

SUN-B09 : Landscapes of Violence in the Ancient and Modern Near East 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 / 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM / Room: 349
What began as the “Arab Spring” has evolved into the systematic destruction of culture. Landscapes of violence are now the defining feature of the Near East. This presentation examines similar phenomena in antiquity and explores how such conflict-related events are subsequently memorialized in historic and contemporary landscapes. The presentation will include David A. Rubin and Brian Rose, the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, a 21st century “Monuments Man.”