Program

Program

Design With Nature Now will highlight dynamic and visionary approaches to landscape design and development in the face of climate change and urbanization.

Schedule
Friday, June 21, 2019 (the Summer Solstice)
5:30pm
Opening Session

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Featuring Keynotes from Ursula Heise and Erle Ellis, followed by a conversation with Karen M’Closkey

7:30pm
Gallery Opening and Reception

See Exhibitions page for location details

Saturday, June 22, 2019
9:00am
Morning Session

Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

9:00am
Coffee and Breakfast
9:30am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:45am
Tributes

Speakers: Laurie Olin, Anne Whiston Spirn, James Corner, Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, Dana Tomlin, and Brian Evans

10:50am
An Introduction to A Book of Days Exhibit

Speaker: Artist Laurel McSherry

11:00am
Coffee Break + Book Signing

Bill Cohen signing Ecohumanism and the Ecological Culture: The Educational Legacy of Louis Mumford and Ian McHarg (Temple University Press)

11:30am
Design With Nature Now Panel I

Speakers: David Orr, Allan Shearer, and Catherine Seavitt Nordensen Moderator: Ellen Neises

1:00pm
Lunch

Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104

2:00pm
Afternoon Session

Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

2:00pm
Design With Nature Now Panel II

Speakers: Jonah Susskind, Tom Campanella, and Kate John-Alder Moderator: Chris Marcinkoski

4:00pm
Design With Nature Now Panel III

Speakers: Nina-Marie Lister, Jillian Walliss, and Rob Holmes
Moderator: Sean Burkholder

5:30pm
Design With Nature Now and the Future

Speakers: Anna Darling, Qi Wang, Zuzanna Drozdz, James Billingsley, Farre Nixon, Krista Reimer, and Cyrus Khan. Moderator: Billy Fleming

6:30pm
Closing Reception and Happy Hour

See Exhibitions page for location details

Speakers

Ursula K. Heise
University of California, Los Angeles

Ursula K. Heise is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English and teaches in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and former President of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment). Her books include Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (Oxford University Press, 2008), Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur (After Nature: Species Extinction and Modern Culture, Suhrkamp, 2010) and Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Erle C. Ellis
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Erle C. Ellis is professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and visiting professor of landscape architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He is also the director of UMBC’s Laboratory for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology. Ellis is a leading theorist on the Anthropocene, a term increasingly used by scientists to describe the age of humans. He has published more than 100 scientific articles relating to global and local ecological changes caused by humans. He has also written a number of articles and opinions communicating his work and other matters relating to humans as agents of ecological change, at Nature, The New York Times, and other venues. His first book, Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction, was published in 2018.

James Corner
James Corner Field Operations

James Corner is the founding partner and CEO of James Corner Field Operations. Corner has devoted the past 30 years to advancing the field of landscape architecture and urbanism, through his leadership on high-visibility, complex urban projects at Field Operations, as well as through teaching, public speaking and writing. His work is renowned for innovative and bold contemporary design across a variety of project types and scales, with a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm in cities, informed and inspired by the ecologies of place, people and nature. Corner is an emeritus professor of landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, where he also served as chair.

Brian Mark Evans
Glasgow School of Art

Brian Mark Evans is professor of urbanism and landscape at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, and director of the Glasgow Urban Laboratory. He was previously artistic professor of urban design and planning at Chalmers School of Architecture, Gothenburg, and from 1990-2015 was a partner with Gillespies LLP, the international design practice where he developed the disciplines of landscape planning and urban design and pioneered ecological urbanism. Evans is an author, editor, and contributor to 20 books and over 80 articles on design, landscape planning and urbanism published in English, German, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Spanish and French.

Anne Whiston Spirn
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anne Whiston Spirn is the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The American Planning Association named her first book, The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design (1984), as one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century. Since 1987, Spirn has directed the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP), an action research project whose mission is to restore nature and rebuild community through strategic design, planning, and education programs. Prior to MIT, Spirn taught at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and director of the Urban Studies Program.

Billy Fleming
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Billy Fleming is the Wilks Family Director for The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. Most recently, he co-authored The Indivisible Guide—a progressive, grassroots organization with more than 6,000 groups—and co-created Data Refuge, an international consortium of scientists, librarians, and programmers working to preserve vital the environmental data at risk of erasure during the Trump Administration. Previously, Fleming worked on urban policy development in the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Obama Administration, including the inter-agency Sustainable Communities Initiative. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Atlantic, Places Journal, and the Houston Chronicle. He is currently finishing a book on an advanced contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press entitled Drowning America: The Nature and Politics of Adaptation along the American Coast.

Rob Holmes
Auburn University

Rob Holmes is assistant professor of landscape architecture at Auburn University. He is co-founder of the Dredge Research Collaborative, which investigates human sediment handling practices through publications, the DredgeFest event series, and various other projects, and co-author of Mammoth, a blog about infrastructures, logistics, landscapes, and architectural possibilities. Holmes’s research is primarily concerned with how infrastructures constructed in support of urbanization relate to landscape change. Current projects include Four Coasts, an examination of the role of sediment as infrastructure in four coastal regions of North America with the Dredge Research Collaborative, and design research on hydrological control infrastructures in south Florida, supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Kathleen L. John-Alder
Rutgers University

Kathleen L. John-Alder is an associate professor at Rutgers University and a registered landscape architect with over 20 years of professional experience. John-Alder's research involves the transformative role of ecology and environmentalism in the discourse of mid-twentieth century landscape design. To date this work has concentrated on the process-theories of the landscape architects Ian L. McHarg and Lawrence Halprin. John-Alder is the author of “The Garden, The Greenhouse and The Picturesque View," which appears in Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment, “A Field Guide to Form: Lawrence Halprin’s Ecological Engagement with The Sea Ranch,” which appeared in a special edition of Landscape Journal devoted to the work of Lawrence Halprin, and the forthcoming book Ian McHarg and the Search for Ideal Order (Routledge).

Nina-Marie Lister
Ryerson University

Nina-Marie Lister is graduate program director and associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University. From 2010-2014, she was visiting associate professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. A registered professional planner (MCIP, RPP) trained in ecology, environmental science, and landscape planning, she is the founding principal of PLANDFORM, a creative studio practice exploring the relationship between landscape, ecology, and urbanism. She is co-editor of Projective Ecologies (with Chris Reed, Harvard and ACTAR Press, 2014) and The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability (with David Waltner-Toews and the late James Kay, Columbia University Press, 2008), and author of more than 40 professional practice and scholarly publications.

Karen M’Closkey
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Karen M'Closkey is associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture, an award-winning design and research practice based in Philadelphia. She is author of Unearthed: the Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), which received the J.B. Jackson Book Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies, "Structuring Relations: From Montage to Model in Composite Imaging," in Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture (Charles Waldheim and Andrea Hansen, eds.), "Synthetic Patterns: Fabricating Landscapes in the Age of ‘Green,'" Journal of Landscape Architecture (Spring 2013), and co-author with Keith VanDerSys of Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age (Routledge). She and VanDerSys are guest editors of an issue of LA+ on the theme of Simulation. M'Closkey was the recipient of the 2012-2013 Garden Club of America Rome Prize in landscape architecture.

Laurie Olin
OLIN

Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. From vision to realization, he has guided many of OLIN’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC, to Bryant Park in New York City. He is currently practice professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. Olin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, the highest lifetime achievement award for artists and designers bestowed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the United States. He also holds the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Medal, the society’s highest award for a landscape architect. 

David W. Orr
Oberlin College

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and special sssistant to the president of Oberlin College. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others. His first book, Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992), was described as a "true classic" by Garrett Hardin. A second book, Earth in Mind (1994/2004) is praised by people as diverse as biologist E. O. Wilson and writer, poet, and farmer Wendell Berry. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging "persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy."

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson
City College of New York

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the City College of New York. An architect and landscape architect, she is a graduate of the Cooper Union and Princeton University, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Brazil. Her research explores adaptation to climate change in urban environments and the intersection of political power, environmental activism, and public health in the design of public space and policy. Her books include Structures of Coastal Resilience; Depositions: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes Under Dictatorship; Waterproofing New York; and On the Water: Palisade Bay. Her work has been published in Artforum, Avery Review, Harvard Design Magazine, JoLA, LA+, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Topos.

Allan W. Shearer
University of Texas at Austin

Allan W. Shearer is associate professor and co-director of the Center for Sustainable Development, University of Text at Austin. His research centers on how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions. Shearer is co-author of Land Use Scenarios: Environmental Consequences of ChangeGaia's Revenge: Climate Change and Humanity's Loss; Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes: The San Pedro River Basin in Arizona and Sonora; and Biodiversity and Landscape Planning: Alternative Futures for the Region of Camp Pendleton, California. He was listed among the Most Admired Educators by the Design Futures Council in 2013 and received a mid-career research fellowship from the James Marston Fitch Foundation.

Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa
AECOM

Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa is a nationally and internationally recognized landscape architect with long-standing practice in the design of urban places. Among noted projects are the Southwest Brooklyn Framework, a study seeking to integrate sea-level rise, social equity and sustainable development measures to the future of the south west Brooklyn waterfront; Santa Monica’s Palisades Park and Beach Boardwalk, a landmark project in the integration of public art; and the Steel Stacks Arts and Cultural Campus and Hoover-Mason Trestle in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a public realm design highlighting industrial architecture, meriting the ULI Global Award of Excellence and Ruddy Brunner Award. Bunster-Ossa is the author of Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach (with David Rouse, 2013); and Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology (Planners Press, 2014).

Dana Tomlin
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Dana Tomlin is professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Previously he taught at the Ohio State University School of Natural Resources and the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. A recipient of the Perkins and Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching, he also serves as a member of the faculty in Department of City and Regional Planning and teaches as an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Tomlin's teaching and research focus on the development and application of geographic information systems (GIS). He is founder and co-director of Penn's Cartographic Modeling Laboratory, author of GIS and Cartographic Modeling, originator of Map Algebra, and a member of the GIS Hall of Fame.

Thomas Campanella
Cornell University

Thomas Campanella is associate professor and director of undergraduate studies at Cornell University’s College of Art, Architecture, and Planning. He is a historian of city planning and the urban built environment. He teaches and writes about the culture-space nexus in a variety of contexts, seeking to explain the manifold agents, actors, and forces that have shaped urban landscapes around the world. Campanella has received Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the James Marston Fitch Foundation. His books include The Concrete Dragon: China's Urban Revolution and What It Means for the World (2008), and Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.

Jillian Walliss
University of Melbourne

Jillian Walliss has over 15 years experience as a landscape architecture academic in Australia and New Zealand. She works in the landscape architecture program at the University of Melbourne where she teaches landscape theory and design studios. She is author of Digital Technologies and Landscape Architecture: Re-conceptualising Design and Making (Routledge). Co-written with Dr Heike Rahmann, the book draws on interviews and projects from a range of international designers and academics to explore the influence of parametric modelling, scripting, real-time data, simulation, prototyping, fabrication and BIM on the design and construction of contemporary landscapes. In 2011 Walliss's innovation in teaching with digital technologies was recognised by the University of Melbourne’s prestigious Edward Brown Award.

Laurel McSherry
Virginia Tech

Laurel McSherry is an associate professor and director of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. She is an alumna of Rutgers University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. McSherry received the 1999 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Formerly, she was section head of  Landscape Architecture  at Ohio State University and  faculty in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University. Regarded as a visual thought leader in landscape architecture, McSherry is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes for her design work and is widely published. In 2017–2018, McSherry was honored with a Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship at The Glasgow School of Art.

Qi Wang
James Corner Field Operations

Qi Wang is a designer at James Corner Field Operations. He is a graduate of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Krista Reimer
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Krista Reimer is a graduate student in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Farre Nixon
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Farre Nixon is a graduate student in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Anna Darling
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Anna Darling is a graduate student in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

James Billingsley
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

James Billingsley is a graduate student in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Cyrus Khan
OLIN

Cyrus Khan is a Landscape Designer at OLIN. He is a graduate of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Ellen Neises
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Ellen Neises is Executive Director of PennPraxis, Principal of Range, and Adjunct Associate Profesor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. She teaches and works on large-scale and large-scope design and policy problems involving land, water and development. Ellen co-led the Weitzman School/OLIN team’s work on Hunts Point Lifelines, one of the six winning entries in the 2014 Rebuild by Design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to joining Penn, she was an associate partner at James Corner Field Operations, where she helped build an international landscape architecture and urban design practice.

Sean Burkholder
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Sean Burkholder is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Sean is currently co-directing the $1.5m Healthy Port Futures project from the Great Lakes Protection Fund in close collaboration with a range of local and federal agencies. He is also the director of the Landscape Affairs Group, a Landscape Research and Design consultancy focused on the human-entangled freshwater ecosystems of postindustrial regions. Sean lectures and serves as a design critic internationally and his work has been published widely in books and journals including The Third Coast Atlas (Actar 2017), Places Journal, The Journal of Landscape Architecture, The Journal of Landscape Research, CLOG and others. Along with Karen Lutsky, he is also completing a new book titled: Curious Methods  (University of Pittsburgh Press 2019).

Chris Marcinkoski
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Marcinkoski is associate professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. He is a licensed architect, and founding director of PORT, a leading-edge public realm and urban design consultancy whose current work includes projects in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia and Knoxville, Tennessee. Prior to his appointment at Penn, Christopher was a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations, where he led that office’s urban design and planning work including the Qianhai Water City in Shenzhen, China and Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee. Christopher’s recent book, The City That Never Was (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016), explores the phenomenon of “speculative urbanization” and considers the implications of urbanization activities that are wildly out of sync with economic and demographic realities. His current research, Africa 2040: An Atlas of Speculative Urbanization, builds on this scholarship by exploring the recent proliferation of proposals for and the construction of new town and vanity infrastructure projects throughout Africa that are emulating much of the speculative building that has recently occurred in places like Spain, Ireland, Dubai and China.

Jonah Susskind
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jonah Susskind is a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, focusing on coastal resilience, environmental site planning, and suburban land use adaptation. He is a research associate at the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. His work spans landscape architecture and urban design, including metropolitan climate governance, postindustrial transition, and regional wildland management. Susskind holds a degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded a Penny White Prize and an ASLA Certificate of Honor for his thesis project, “Forward from Woodward: Planning New Growth Along the American Rust Belt.” He has published in the Harvard Design Magazine, and is a contributing author to the book Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial.

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