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ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting and EXPO
SAT-B02: Ecologically Sensitive Lighting Design

GBCI: 0920009950

Eligible for 1.5 CE HOURS.
  • 1.5 CE



Conflicted and confused on issues regarding outdoor lighting—dark sky, circadian rhythms, species disruption? Light at night influences humans and wildlife alike. Designing a landscape that uses lighting thoughtfully and responsibly is challenging and exciting. Explore emerging research and best practices with a landscape ecologist, a lighting designer, and a lighting engineer.


  1. Learn the major considerations for lighting from the perspectives of a designer, engineer, and ecologist.
  2. Gain a working knowledge of the major approaches to minimize negative impacts of lighting on wildlife: direction, spectrum, duration, and intensity.
  3. Understand how to blend technologies to successfully achieve responsive and dynamic lighting designs.
  4. Experience the challenge of balancing ecological consequences with the need to light an outdoor space.


This course is a part of the following series:
ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting and EXPO

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Linnaea Tillett, Affil. ASLA, Tillett Lighting Design Associates
Travis Longcore, University of Southern California
Nancy Clanton, LEED AP, Clanton & Associates

Other sessions included in that series:

MON-C08: The Shallow + Fallow: Designs for the Changing Urban Landscape

MON-C04: What Lies Beneath: Designing with Challenging Subsurface Conditions

MON-B10: Technology: How Do We Keep Up?

MON-B06: Experimenting with Engineers: Collaborations in 21st Century Infrastructure Design

MON-D07: Publishing for Professional Success: Navigating the Publication Process

MON-D03: COMPLETE and GREEN: Successful Case Studies in Multi-modal /Green Infrastructure

MON-B04: Engineer by Design: Coastal Protection Infrastructure

MON-A09: Youth as a Catalyst for Better and Broader Engagement

MON-A05: Intimate Beauty: Personal Stories of National Park Rangers and American Landscapes

MON-A01: Site, Campus, Watershed: Integrating and Evaluating Green Infrastructure at Cornell Univers

SUN-B08: An Evolving Workforce: Challenges, Strengths, and Opportunities of the Millennial Generatio

SUN-B04: Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative

SUN-A12: Then and Now: Lawrence Halprin’s Portland Open Space Sequence

SUN-A08: Interfacing with Landscape Performance: Case Studies and Research in Simulation and Modelin

SUN-A04: Climate Change Policy and Practice: Innovating towards Implementation

SAT-B11: Inside the LA Studio with Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

SAT-B07: The Frontier Is Here: Humanity’s Insatiable Desire to Imagine, Explore, and Create

SAT-B03: Design Excellence Meets High-Performance Green Infrastructure: The U.S. Coast Guard HQ

SAT-A10: Women in Landscape Architecture: Pathways to Success

SAT-A06: Great Landscapes on Wet Sites: Understanding and Managing High Water Tables

SAT-A02: Downtown REDUX: Revitalizing the City Center for the 21st Century

FRI-D08: Ground Up: Building the New Firm 2.0

FRI-D04: Collaborating for Ecology: An Open Discussion

FRI-C10: Louisiana’s Paradigm Shift: Planning as a Catalyst for Renewal

FRI-C04: Climate Adaptation Tools: Linking Big Data with Community Scale Resiliency

FRI-B10: Architects of Healing: Mending Life and Landscape in a Broken World

FRI-B06: Research and Practice: What Does It Mean? Why Do We Do It?

FRI-B02: DESIGN DRAWING: Winning Graphics That Merge High Technology with Hand Drawing

FRI-A08: Design for Equity: Shifting the Paradigm of Diversity and Inclusion

FRI-A04: Food for Thought: Bringing Healthy Food to Urban Communities

FS-015: Private New Orleans: Residential Spaces in the Garden District

FS-011: Contemporary Zoological Design at the Audubon Zoo

FS-007: River Road Plantations: Evolutions of Cultural Landscapes

FS-003: Beyond the Edge: Two Communities Engaged in Postindustrial and Environmental Struggles

MON-C07: The Craft of Residential Landscapes through Personal Narratives

MON-C03: Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines: A Case Study at Hunter’s Point South

MON-B09: How Does a Cultural Landscape’s Authenticity Inform Design and Placemaking?

MON-B05: Concussion: How Recreational Sports Design Has Changed

MON-D06: Evolving the Urban Landscape: Pittsburgh’s Public Spaces in Planning and Design

MON-D02: Play Everywhere: How to Create Family Friendly Cities

MON-B03: Outcomes and What’s Next: The Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future

MON-A08: Creating a Culture of Balance: Promoting Equity through a Healthy Work/Life Balance

MON-A04: All Trails Are Not Created Equal: Value Generation through Trail Design

SUN-B11: Inside the LA Studio with DesignJones

SUN-B07: Do Landscapes Dream? Voodoo, Alchemy, and Spirits of Place

SUN-B03: Building a Diverse Community: Increasing African-American Representation in Landscape Archi

SUN-A11: Inside the LA Studio with Rana Creek Design

SUN-A07: The Politics of Landscape: An International Perspective on Environmental Justice

SUN-A03: Living with Autism: Case Studies in Residential Community Design

SAT-B10: Revealing Regional Expressions through Residential Garden Design

SAT-B06: Transforming the Public Realm: A Revolution in Planting Design

SAT-B02: Ecologically Sensitive Lighting Design

SAT-A09: DesignXAgriculture: The Role of Design in the Spectrum of Productive Landscapes

SAT-A05: Civic Innovation + the LA Imagination: Knight Cities Challenge Winners Tell All

SAT-A01: The Evolution of Urban Rivers

FRI-D07: Evolving Roles for Nigeria’s Urban Public Realm: A Tale of Two Cities

FRI-D03: Restoration and Resilience of Coastal Systems in Park Design and Planning

FRI-C07: Exploring the Next Generation of Professional Leadership

FRI-C03: Toxin-free Landscapes: A New Era in Landscape Installation and Maintenance Specification

FRI-B09: Trending in #LandArch: Strategic Tips to Get Social Media Working for You

FRI-B05: Working with Public and Non-Profit Clients

FRI-B01: Potomac Park Levee: Closing the Gap on the National Mall

FRI-A07: Sediment-ally Speaking: Growing Your Business and Protecting Water Quality

FRI-A03: Green Cemeteries: A New Paradigm for Public Open Space

FS-014: A Model for the Future: The "New" Orleans Medical District

FS-010: Green Infrastructure in a Gray Infrastructure Town

FS-006: New Orleans City Park: Design with Nature, Design with Culture

FS-002: Canoeing the Atchafalaya, America’s Largest River Basin Swamp and Unique Delta Treasure

MON-C06: Serious Fun: How Tech Companies Are Using Landscape Architects to Attract Talent

MON-C02: Improving Ecology in the City: Increasing Diversity through Design

MON-B08: Mid-career Mania: A Look Behind the Curtain

MON-D09: The Rhino in the Room: 3D Digital Design to Construction

MON-D05: Wood in the Landscape: Sourcing and Crafting with Care to Last

MON-D01: Green Highways: Solving Water Quality Crises across the Country

MON-B02: Keeping America Beautiful: The Visual Environment at Risk

MON-A07: Designing Campus Landscapes for Enhanced Educational Value

MON-A03: Living Wilderness: Reclamation of Ecological Forests in Thailand

SUN-B10: Putting “Public” Back Into The Right-of-way: Re-balancing Mobility and Streetlife

SUN-B06: The Woodland Landscape: Principles and Techniques for Design and Restoration

SUN-B02: City to Neighborhood: Planning and Design on the Post-Katrina Mississippi

SUN-A10: Adapting Practice: Strategies for Professional and Economic Success in the 21st Century

SUN-A06: Will the Trees Grow? Research and Experience with Soils Below Pavements

SUN-A02: Elevating Experience: Methods in Artistic Practice

SAT-B09: Emerald Necklaces: Reviving the Legacy of City Parks

SAT-B05: The Lawn on D: An Experimental Phenomenon Becomes a Self-sustaining Place

SAT-B01: Wet Infrastructure

SAT-A08: “What Is a Parametric?” A Realistic Conversation on Abstract Technologies

SAT-A04: Highest and Best Design of a Therapeutic Garden

FRI-D10: Water Infrastructure for the Liveable City

FRI-D06: Bridging the Design-construction Divide: Framework and Strategies for Improving Landscape V

FRI-D02: More than a Trail: Corridors as Catalysts for Community, Ecology, and Culture

FRI-C06: Down and Dirty: Planting’s Hard Truths and Lessons Learned

FRI-C02: Gradient of Energies: Amplifying the Urban River Edge

FRI-B08: Shifting the Discussion from Gentrification to Poverty: The Role of Designers

FRI-B04: Water Urbanism: Water as a Driver of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

FRI-A10: Constraint or Opportunity: Designing Accessible Landscape Architecture

FRI-A06: Transformation to a Performance-Based Urban Landscape: Fifteen Years at Georgia Tech

FRI-A02: Achieving Design Excellence through Mayoral Engagement: Little Rock's Creative Corridor

FS-013: Reinventing the Crescent

FS-009: Strolling along French Quarter Riverfront Parks, Jackson Square, and Historic French Market

FS-005: Uptown Residential Gardens: Planting Design for Today’s Lifestyles

FS-001: The New Orleans Landscape: Patronage, Philanthropy, Public Funding, Privatization, and Profe

MON-C05: Green Roof Ecosystems: Connecting Research, Design, and Performance

MON-C01: Tipping Point: Restoring a Louisiana Landmark from Ecological Collapse to Cultural Sanctuar

MON-B07: Post-occupancy Metrics: Is China’s Ecological Health Improving?

MON-D08: Creative Strategies and Solutions for Addressing the Challenge of Urban Land Vacancy

MON-D04: Ecological Infrastructure and the Art of Campus Placemaking

MON-C09: History as Resource for Contemporary Street Design

MON-B01: Rainwater as a Resource: Performance-based Stormwater Design: Opportunities and Challenges

MON-A06: Structural Pruning and Tree Support Systems Explained

MON-A02: Learn by Teaching: Erasing the Academic and Practice Divide

SUN-B09: Landscapes of Violence in the Ancient and Modern Near East

SUN-B05: Pens Down, Forks Up: That’s the Way We Plan Urban Food Systems

SUN-B01: Planning, Design, Construction, and Adaptive Management: Ecological Restoration in Coastal

SUN-A09: Stories from Place: Drawing Inspiration from Nature and Culture

SUN-A05: The Primacy of Programming: Is It Lowering the Value of Design?

SUN-A01: Mirabeau Water Garden

SAT-B08: Ownership Transition and Succession Planning for the Future of Your Firm

SAT-B04: Designing Resilient Cities: Nurturing an Adaptive Approach to Change

SAT-A11: Inside the LA Studio with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

SAT-A07: Outdoor Learning Environments as Opposed to Playgrounds

SAT-A03: SITES®: Early Planning for Maintenance and Performance Furthers Sustainability Goals and Ma

FRI-D09: Landscape Connectivity and Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure: Human Mobility, Fractured Ecos

FRI-D05: The National Park Service and Design Innovation: Beyond the First Century

FRI-D01: Integrated Stormwater Management: Comparing Municipal Strategies

FRI-C05: Narrowing the Gap between Practice and the Academy: Problems and Possible Solutions

FRI-C01: Designing and Sculpting Water: A Surprising and Unsettling Challenge

FRI-B07: Global, Smart, Livable: Singapore Shows the Way

FRI-B03: Client Perspective: The Inside Scoop on the Mind of the Client

FRI-A09: Leadership through Partnership: Landscape Architects Shaping Conservation and Recreation Pr

FRI-A05: Alt-Practice: Life and Careers of Landscape Architects Outside the Studio

FRI-A01: Rain and Stormwater Harvesting: Sustainable, De-centralized Water Infrastructure

FS-012: DRAW DAT! Sketch the Big Easy’s Great Streets and Places

FS-008: Thicker Than Water: Oil and Sediment Infrastructure of the Lower Mississippi River

FS-004: Resilient Landscapes of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

WS-003: SITES: Navigating the Submittal Process and Trouble-chooping Challenges with the Experts