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Kurt Culbertson—Surfacing Natural Systems: Toward an Ecology of the City

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Lawrence Hall, Room 115
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

A continuum of landscape architecture and environmental theorists including Patrick Geddes, Ian McHarg, Michael Hough, Ann Spirn, and Charles Waldheim have sought to describe the place of the natural environment within the urban context. Most recently the concept of landscape urbanism has entered the lexicon of the profession. Designers now speak of “constructed ecologies” and “green” infrastructure. But what is the basis for such constructions? Are these simply landscapes of the imagination are do they grow from an understanding of the deep structure of the natural environment? Can an understanding of marginal lands and racialized topography also provide an urban ecolog y that addresses issues of environmental justice? Inspired by such recent research as Eric Sanderson’s Manahatta and William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis, Culbertson will explore the juncture of history, planning, and landscape architecture as a basis for crafting an ecology of the city through the firm’s work in Detroit, St. Louis, and New Orleans.

A Victor Stanley Lecture Series event in collaboration with ASLA Oregon.

Lecture 6:00 p.m., reception 7:00 p.m.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Lecture, Academic, Sustainability, Free


College of Design, College of Design: School of Architecture & Environment, Department of Landscape Architecture

Target Audience

All Students, General Public, Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students, New Students, Alumni




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