Nature and Cities: Ecological Planning and Design
You'll learn about:
How ecological understanding can help planners respond to urban challenges like climate change with a focus on resilient urban design
A new generation of green urban infrastructure projects that promote public health, safety, and welfare
The role of urban planners on interdisciplinary teams working to advance ecological urban design
The place of cities in nature—and of nature in cities through the planning and design of water systems and green spaces—has been central to urban development since the beginning of civilization. During the 19th 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. During the 20th century, Ian McHarg argued that ecological understanding should guide design and planning. This century has given rise to new forms of green infrastructure such as the High Line in Manhattan and Fresh Kills in Staten Island.
Contributors to Nature and Cities present notable projects and appraise the monumental work being done today in ecologically informed and inspired planning and design of cities and metropolitan regions. Hear how planners and designers are working collaboratively to provide safe water, food, and shelter; reduce runoff into city streets; accommodate areas prone to flooding and storm surges; safely locate a utility corridor and design it in such a way that it becomes more than a single-purpose pathway; rethink parking lots in commercial developments; provide citizens of the world’s cities with more than a sliver of grass in the seam of a sidewalk; restore and heal worn and contaminated sites; and provide joy and economic vitality through green design and infrastructure.
, Texas A&M University
, College Station
Confirmed SpeakerForster Ndubisi, Ph.D., MLA, FCELA, FASLA, is a professor and head of the department of landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A & M University since 2004. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center. Prior to that, he was the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Design Institute and professor of landscape architecture and regional planning at Washington State University, Spokane for 7 ½ years. He holds degrees in zoology, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. His teaching, research and practice focus on ecological-oriented design and planning, community planning and design, smart growth, and sustainable regionalism. He has served as a town planning and landscape architecture consultant to many communities and agencies in Canada, USA, Nigeria, and Kenya. He co-designed a master plan for a new medical city in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria (2015) and is currently working on another multi-use medical city (UBRICA ONE) in Kedong, Kenya. He is principal or co-principal investigator of about $1.8m in competitive grants over the past six years. He has delivered numerous invited lectures worldwide. Ndubisi has received numerous research awards, including the Council of Educator of Landscape Architecture President’s Award (1993). He was a co-recipient of Georgia President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Achievement (1994). He is the author of the award winning book, Ecological Planning: A Historical and Comparative Account (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) that won the prestigious Choice Best Academic Title in 2003, two other books as well as numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles. His research on Ecological Planning won the only American Society for Landscape Architecture’s (ASLA) Honor Award for Research in 1999. In 2009 and 2010, Design Intelligence ranked him as one of the “25 Most Admired Educators” in American’s best architecture and design schools. He received the CELA Outstanding Administrator Award in 2011. He is a past President of the Council of Educator of Landscape Architecture and current Vice President for Research and Information for the Landscape Architecture Foundation. He is a member of the Council of Fellows for both CELA and ASLA. His book, The Ecological Design and Planning Reader (Island Press, 624 pp.) was published in December 2014 and received the Texas American Society of Landscape Architects Award for Excellence in March 2015.
, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
, University of Virginia
Confirmed SpeakerTimothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-eight years. Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (recently translated into Chinese and Korean), Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning, and most-recently Blue Urbanism: Connecting Oceans and Cities. Beatley’s book Ethical Land Use was declared, by the American Planning Association, to be one of the “100 Essential Books in Planning.” Beatley also writes a column for Planning Magazine called EverGreen, which has appeared every other month since 2008, and is a regularly contributor to the Nature of Cities collective blog . Beatley founded and directs the Biophilic Cities Project at UVA (http://biophiliccities.org/), and recently helped to launch a global Biophilic Cities Network. He also co-founder and co-director, with Reuben Rainey, of UVA’s Center for Design and Health, within the School of Architecture. He has been the recipient of the All-University Teaching Award at UVA, and also received the Outstanding Faculty Award, the state’s highest award for faculty at its public universities (awarded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia). Beatley holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Political Science from UNC, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelors of City Planning from UVA.
, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy