The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released the following statement on President Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress:
“President Trump’s address called for the rebuilding of our nation’s infrastructure through a $1 trillion proposal financed through public and private capital. The President also noted that this effort would be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and Hire American.
ASLA urges policy makers to support an infrastructure package that is comprehensive and addresses updating and strengthening all forms of community infrastructure, including multimodal transportation corridors, water and stormwater management systems, public lands, parks and recreation facilities, and the unique needs of our coastal communities. Any infrastructure development must include a strategic planning and design process—good design and planning is an investment in creating a strong infrastructure and economy.
American landscape architects will be at the forefront of future infrastructure projects that will transform our nation. They have the training, education, and expertise to lead in the design, planning, and implementation of community infrastructure projects in a way that fosters sustainable development, generates jobs, encourages healthy lifestyles, and creates resilient communities.”