This poster was presented at A Century of Design in the Parks Symposium, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 21-23, 2016.

By David Driapsa

Poster DriapsaAbstract

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) offers a methodology to effectively record historic landscapes. Think of HALS as a three-legged stool with one leg of measured and interpretative drawings, a second leg of written historical narrative, and a third leg of large format photography. HALS is a companion program of HABS and HAER and becoming wildly successful through the participation and support of the American Society of Landscape Architects. This thought provoking poster illustrates examples from each leg of the stool to illustrate HALS.

The target audience is CRM professionals, landscape architects, architects and historians. This poster will be richly illustrated with photography and drawings.


David Driapsa, FASLA, is the principal of David J Driapsa Landscape Architect of Naples, Florida, from where he is a consultant working on an array of projects nationwide. David led the national expansion of the Historic American Landscapes Survey for ASLA in its partnership with the National Park Service and Library of Congress; he founded and continues to spearhead the HALS program in Florida; and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation.

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