Ecological Urbanism book launch will be on the night of May 3 at Back Yard 6:30pm – 8:30pm
While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies have become increasingly topical, issues surrounding the sustainability of the city are much less developed. The premise of the book is that an ecological approach is urgently needed both as a remedial device for the contemporary city and an organizing principle for new cities. Ecological Urbanism approaches the city without any one set of instruments and with a worldview that is fluid in scale and disciplinary approach. Design provides the synthetic key to connect ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment. The book brings together design practitioners and theorists, economists, engineers, artists, policy makers, environmental scientists, and public health specialists, with the goal of reaching a more robust understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future.
With contributions by Homi Bhabha, Stefano Boeri, Chuck Hoberman, Rem Koolhaas, Sanford Kwinter, Bruno Latour, Nina-Marie Lister, Mohsen Mostafavi, Matthias Schuler, Sissel Tolaas, Charles Waldheim, among others
For more information visit: Ecological Urbanism on Lars Muller Publishers site
Karen Weintraub recently wrote an article for the Boston Globe – At Harvard, landscape architects reinvent roles, link disciplines in which Weintraub interviews Charles Waldheim on how the profession of landscape architecture is changing by winning and managing development projects as the chief consultant.
Waldheim is cited making some great statements about the profession and its future
“There’s an increasing sense that landscape architects are really able to better manage complex urban change over time’’ than people in other professions, he said. Landscape architecture “now ends up being a place where the arts, questions of urbanism, and questions of ecology can connect.’’
Waldhiem also cites work by department member Michael Van Valkenburgh and his role in changing the profession.
Van Valkenburgh’s development of Brooklyn Bridge Park, along the East River waterfront, for instance, reclaims previously industrialized land, knits together development and nature, and provides public space.
The article also cites other staff at Harvard and the role of landscape architecture.
I find the article interesting although stating most of what most in the field know it is great to see and article in the Business section of the major newspaper website discussing the role of landscape architecture in relation to development and climate change.
Read the full article by Karen Weintraub article at the [SOURCE: Boston Globe – At Harvard, landscape architects reinvent roles, link disciplines]
DAVID WHITFORD at TIME magazine reports on the appointment of star urban planner named Toni Griffin who is soon set to start her new assignment of Detroit’s downsizing and urban makeover. However, I don’t think this will be a one week project filmed for a one hour special on TLC or HGTV.
According to the article Toni Griffin who is Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design will be working within the city planning department but her role and other consultants will be funded by the Kresge Foundation.
The project will draw worldwide attention as many cities in the USA and Europe are going through the same process of planning the renewal and revitalisation of former industrial power house cities that have reduced in population but not size.
Read the TIME article at the [SOURCE: TIME – Downsizing Detroit]
Detroit taps planner for downsizing effort – Detroit News
Mohsen Mostafavi – Dean, Faculty of Design at Harvard University GSD announced
It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Anita Berrizbeitia as tenured Professor of Landscape Architecture, starting in July 2009.
Berrizbeitia is a landscape architect whose research focuses on design theories of modern and contemporary landscape architecture, the productive aspects of landscapes, and Latin American cities and landscapes. She was awarded the 2005–2006 Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolívar before receiving a BA from Wellesley College and an MLA from the GSD.
Berrizbeitia has taught design theory and studio, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where she was Associate Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Her studios investigate innovative approaches to the conceptualization of public space, especially on sites where urbanism, globalization, and local cultural conditions intersect. She also leads seminars that focus on significant transformations in landscape discourse over the last three decades. From 1987 to 1993, she practiced with Child Associates, Inc., in Boston, where she collaborated on many award-winning projects.
SOURCE: News at GSD
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The Harvard University Gazette reports
“Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design Mohsen Mostafavi announced the appointment of Charles Waldheim as professor of landscape architecture and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at GSD, effective July of this year.
“I very much look forward to working with Charles and the landscape faculty in defining the future direction of the department, and in confronting the current challenges and opportunities facing those who teach and practice in the field of landscape architecture,” said Mostafavi during his announcement”
SOURCE: The Harvard University Gazette – Waldheim appointed professor, chair of landscape architecture
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