2016 Woltz Symposium: Ecologies of Prosperity for the Living City
"Of the threefold crises of the Anthropocene - ecology, economics and politics - it is the latter which must be re-conceptualized to reimagine nature and prosperity based on the interdependence between available resources and well-being. The Instrumental Commons argues that equity is a driver of economic and social growth that builds empathic power through responsibility, stewardship, and sharing at progressive communal scales. What new political forms will recognize the needs of landscape infrastructure, wildlife, and urbanization - a conceptual evolution from the ‘right to the city’ to the ‘right to the planet’?"
“The Instrumental Commons: Agents and Operations of the Spatial”. 2016 Woltz Symposium: Ecologies of Prosperity for the Living City. University of Virginia School of Architecture (Charlottesville, VA)
City of Edmonton – Let’s Talk Parks
"Our open spaces are more than just parks.
They make up a network of parks and plazas, greenways, natural areas, trails, sports fields, boulevards, wildlife passages and urban amenities; they are the outdoor public spaces that provide places for recreation, for rest and relaxation, venues for social gatherings and events, places for commemoration, and locations that support urban services and infrastructure, such as stormwater management.
Let's Talk Parks is also intended to spark a conversation about urban ecologies and public green spaces from a municipal but also regional context."
Let's Talk Parks - Thursday, June 16th - Noon Event
12:00 - 1:00pm
City Hall - 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Peter Ohm, Chief Planner for the City of Edmonton, will introduce Dr. Katy Campbell, Dean of the Faculty of Extensions and Mayor Don Iveson who will provide opening remarks followed by a shorten presentation from keynote speaker Prof. Lister.
The New Landscape Declaration: A Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future
June 10, 20161:30PM
"The Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future will critically reflect on what landscape architecture has achieved over the last 50 years and present bold ideas for what it should achieve in the future. Over the course of two days, 70 established and emerging leaders will present their “Declarations” and engage in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture’s potential and effecting real world change."
Professor Nina-Marie Lister will be speaking on the topic "Of Wilderness, Wild-ness and Wild Things" on Friday, June 10th, at 1:30PM
Location: Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19
- Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture
- Ervin Zube Lecture Series
Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading With Landscape
"Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape will tackle numerous issues including those that deal with the city’s identity – what does it mean for a 21st century city to be historic and modern at the same time? – and stewardship – what new models for public/private financing and management are emerging?
The international implications of this planning and development strategy will address whether a 21st century city can be both regional and global, and whether we can use landscape as an engine to meet market demands while cultivating a sustainable urbanism."
- Church Memorial Lecture Series: University of Tennessee Knoxville
CAPS 2015 Imagination: Creative Visions for the Future of Planning
2015/02/061:30 - 2:30
Ecological Urbanism: Creative Planning for Living Lightly
My ambition is to inspire the planner’s imagination and to encourage creative communication; it is also to challenge planning education to move towards more novel hybrids of science and design so that we envision the future city as one in which we live lightly to cultivate resilience and nourish sustainability.
Atmosphere 2015: Emergence
Resilience Beyond Rhetoric: Designing for Sustainability
Theories of emergence are wide ranging, from systems oriented ecologies to theories concerning the development of material form and social processes. This work stems from diverse individuals including the early Greek philosophers Heraclitus and Lucretius, the Nobel Laureate Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine, ecologists Eugene and Howard Odum, and radical philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze and Felixe Guattari, architects including Sanford Kwinter, Stan Allen, Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo, landscape architects including James Corner, Chris Reed and Rod Barnett, urbanists such as Nina-Marie Lister and arguably Henri Lefebvre . In this session we are interested in examining how theories of emergence influence design and design thinking? How do different design disciplines think about, value, engage and operationalize theories of emergence?
Urbanism Lab Event: Ecological Urbanism
2014/12/106:00 - 8:30PM
"The discussion will introduce the concepts of ecological urbanism as a philosophy and theory, as it is known in the Canadian context. Our French guests will then share their knowledge and experience from a theoretical and practical perspective, including the notion of éco-quartiers and green architecture.
As planner and steward of Canada’s Capital, the NCC strives to incorporate innovative thought leadership to continue to creating a truly world-renowned capital."
Projective Ecologies Lecture Series
Monday, October 20, 6:30 PM
University California - Berkeley (155 Kroeber Hall)
Projective Ecologies: Activating Resilience
Thursday, October 23, 6:00 PM — 7:30 PM
University of Pennsylvania: School of Design (Meyerson Hall)
Projective Ecologies Lecture & Panel
Thursday, October 30, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington DC (1711 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 200)
Prosecco & Prose: Book Party - Projective Ecologies
Wednesday, November 5, 5:00 PM
Hemson Simpson Public Lecture Series
Ryerson University, Toronto ON (105 Bond Street, SBB 312)
Projective Ecologies: Book Launch Lecture & Panel
Monday, November 17, 6:30 PM
Carnegie Mellon University - School of Architecture and the School of Design
(McConomy Auditorium, Jared L. Cohon University Center)
Projective Ecologies - Resilient Design
Friday, November 21, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
American Society of Landscape Architects 2014, Denver, CO
Projective Ecologies - Education Session
Northeastern Transportation and Wildlife Conference
Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont
"In 2010, the ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition short-listed five, world-class, interdisciplinary teams to develop concept designs for a wildlife crossing structure at Colorado’s West Vail Pass along I-70. By January, 2011, the ARC jury announced the winning team: HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (HNTB+MVVA). This panel will present the ARC story in three stages: Dr. Clevenger will begin with a review of his well-known field research of the wildlife mitigation in Banff National Park with an emphasis on the structural and topographic requirements identified. Through this aspect of his work, Dr. Clevenger recognized the need for a new generation of infrastructure and anticipated the ARC competition. Prof. Lister will then outline the goals of the competition and review the new thinking, methods, materials and solutions it inspired. These innovations and the broad, international attention the competition generated have perpetuated ARC as a partnership dedicated to innovating, educating and advocating for the next generation of wildlife crossings. Representing the competition’s winning team, Robert Rock and Ted Zoli will conclude the panel with a presentation on their creative and pragmatic answer to the challenge of crossing over the I-70 at Vail. Their modular, readily constructible and cost-efficient design promises a proven solution to the challenges our continental road network presents to landscape connectivity, climate resilience and human safety."
Green Building Festival – ResilienCity: The New Urban Paradigm
"The essential services of a city are typically unnoticed until they fail and bring the city to a grinding halt. Power failures and flooding are becoming more common and more damaging. This panel will cover new ideas on planning and delivering more sustainable and reliable infrastructure services."
- International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity
EDRA45NEWORLEANS: Re(dis)covering Resilience
2014/05/28 - 2014/05/31
EDRA45NEWORLEANS: The Environmental Design Research Association: Astor Crowne Plaza (New Orleans, LA)
"This presentation considers the underpinnings of contemporary ecological thinking and related implications for design through the paradigm of adaptive complex systems, with a particular focus on the attendant phenomenon of resilience. It will posit a critical analysis and exploration of the concept and construct of resilience -- from biology to engineering -- as a guide for designers who are challenged to both represent and create the conditions for resiliency. In an era when resilience is quickly becoming the "new sustainability", this presentation will emphasize decision-making contexts, guided by strategies towards and indicators of resilience beyond rhetoric."
University of Arizona: Critical Practice Lecture Series
University of Arizona: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) Building, Room 202s
College of Architecture, Planning, & Landscape Architecture
"This year’s lecture series will focus on contemporary critical practices in architecture, landscape architecture, and planning. As a practice-oriented school, CAPLA faculty and students strive to advance topics, methodologies, and agendas pertinent to today and our future. Our speakers will present their approaches to architectural theory and practice first hand."
Tools for Defining Strategic Linkages in EA Planning
TRCA: Environmental Partnerships Workshop on Road Ecology -Black Creek Pioneer Village (Toronto, ON)
Design & Politics: Competing for Resilience
"Rebuild by Design, an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD, is aimed at addressing structural and environmental vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed in communities throughout the region and developing fundable solutions to better protect residents from future climate events. Because of the enormity of this challenge, the Rebuild by Design process was developed to find better ways of implementing designs and informing policy."
Nature and Cities: Urban Ecological Planning
Presented by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy & University of Texas School of Architecture (Austin, TX)
"With half the world’s population now living in urban regions, the future of cities is arguably the most important social and environmental issue of the twenty-first century.The design and planning of green spaces in cities has been central to urban development since the beginning of civilization.
During the nineteenth century, Frederick Law Olmsted created a new vision for public parks in the United States beginning with his and Calvert Vaux’s design for Central Park in New York City. During the twentieth century, Ian McHarg argued that ecological understanding should guide design and planning.
This new century has given rise to new forms of green infrastructure such as the High Line in Manhattan and Fresh Kills in Staten Island.
At this special conference, leading scholars, planners, and designers will address the vital relationship between nature and cities and how ecological design and planning remain vital links in the betterment of the world’s cities."
Airfield Ecologies: New Hybrid Landscapes
2013/11/15 - 2013/11/16
Presented at: Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, MA)
Airport Landscape claims the airport as a site of and for landscape. Airports have never been more central to the life of cities, yet they remain peripheral in design discourse. In spite of this, landscape architects have recently reasserted their historic claims on the airfield as a site of design through a range of practices. Airport Landscape presents these practices through projects for the ecological enhancement of operating airfields and the conversion of abandoned airfields.
Landscape Architecture Roundtable
Presented at: Ecology for Land & City: Exploring the Confluences of Landscape, Road, and Urban Ecology, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, MA)
Convened by Jane Hutton and Richard T.T. Forman, Harvard Graduate School of Design, in Recognition of the Retirement of Richard T.T. Forman
Green Heart, Blue Infrastructure: Towards an Ecological Urbanism for Toronto
"Toronto has the largest urban ravine system in the world with 3 major rivers and more than 27,000 acres of protected green space. At its heart, the Don Valley Watershed is being transformed from derelict dumping ground to innovative green infrastructure. A productive, sustainable future for the watershed relies on regenerating its social and ecological resilience. This session explores strategies to regenerate resilience from cultivating leadership, investing in design and engaging community in the Lower Don."
- MATTER: Ryerson DAS Lecture Series
Landscape As Infrastructure
Presented at: College Environmental Design Lecture Series, University of Georgia, College of Environmental Design, Athens, Georgia.
To Build or Not to Build a Road…How Do We Honor The Landscape?
Presented at: Student Conference on Conservation Science, American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)
Presented at: Making Waves: Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Annual Congress (Halifax, NS)
- Waterfronts and the Ecology of Place
Brick Works Forum
"In a series of four panels featuring 16 esteemed presenters, Forum participants tackled the complex or “wicked” problems faced by cities around the world. These include including rapidly growing populations, climate change, crumbling infrastructure and declining resources, as well as ongoing challenges such as transportation, buildings and energy.Discussions focused on innovative solutions that will create sustainable cities and a greener economy in the future.
Leadership in Design Panel:
Using design to re-imagine new ways of living sustainably in the years ahead will play a key role in building smarter cities. What innovative design ideas are changing behaviours for the better?"
- Ecological Urbanism in the Contemporary Metropolitan Landscape
Community-Based Mapping Tools
Presented at: The Power of Mapping: Centre for City Ecology, Urbanspace Gallery (Toronto, ON)
This presentation explores mapping projects that relate landscape, ecology and urbanism and enable communities to decide what is mapped, for whom and for what purpose.
- (Re)Claiming Ground: Ecology, Landscape & Urbanism
Presented at: Invited public lecture series, School of Architecture & Design, University of Leuven (Leuven, BE)
- Adaptive Infrastructure: Network Strategies for Urban Ecology
Activating Resilience: Ecology Beyond the Metaphor
2010/04/03 - 2010/04/04
Presented at: Critical Ecologies Colloquium: On the Biological, Horticultural, and Anthropological Antecedents to Design, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, MA)
Is Landscape Ecology?
Presented at: "Down the Garden Path", Fall 2009 Lecture Series, School of Architecture, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
- Insurgent Ecologies
Ecology as Infrastructure: A New Urbanism
2008/10/3 - 2008/10/06
Presented at: special session on Landscape Urbanism, American Society of Landscape Architects, Annual Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
Organised by Dr. Fritz Steiner.
(Re)Mediating Resilience: Adaptive Design for New Orleans
2007/11/01 - 2007/11/03
The rebuilding of New Orleans is a complex problematique. As such, it requires a careful (re)mediation of social, cultural, ecological, infrastructural and economic conditions---conditions which are layered, tangled, and fundamentally mutually-dependent in the context of this necessarily dynamic landscape. The city's decimation following Hurricane Katrina is widely seen as symbolic of a cultural legacy of deterministic decision-making, based on the illusory assumption of prediction and control over large-scale complex systems. In this context, the rehabilitation of the city requires adaptive designs and flexible plans that recognize intrinsically the intertwined culture and nature of the city and its place within the Mississippi delta. Adaptive ecological design is an emerging approach to landscape planning and management that explicitly provides the capacity for resilience-the ability to recover from disturbance, to accommodate change, and to function in a state of health-and therefore, for adaptation to both long-term and punctuated episodes of change, from catastrophic events to seasonal dynamics. Adaptive design is at once a cultural and an ecological enterprise; it requires concomitant strategies for both negotiation and rehabilitation. In this context, resilience of the complex urban landscape of New Orleans must be (re)mediated:to accommodate dynamic shifts in the cultural and natural systems and to navigate tensions between stability and perturbation, constancy and change.