Wednesday, October 16 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.