An event brought about by Cal Poly SLO student chapter’s ambition to see built works prompted a recent field trip of eight students to local firms and projects in both San Diego and the Southern California Chapter. The field trip, coordinated by SLO’s Chapter President, Tim Gobel; CP SLO Alumni Amanda McCaulley (Project Manager at Brightview) along with Liaison to Students, Nick Straabe, the students visited the firms of Estrada Land Planning and Spurlock Landscape Architects in San Diego. In the SoCal Chapter, the students visited with BrightView in Irvine and walked through “The Pools Park” located within the Great Park Neighborhoods. The site design incorporated all curves eliminating straight lines; thus interpreting the form of water flows which was the cornerstone focus of the park and the current state of California’s water crisis. It is an active demonstration that you don’t need to sacrifice aesthetic for low water use materials.