Thursday, May 03, 2018

Mark Yr Calendars: Designing Water

I just learned about Designing Water, a two-day symposium organized by the American Academy in Rome and Longwood Gardens, and taking place at the latter in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, October 17-18, 2018. From the description, it's certainly a timely event:
Water is the most compelling and consequential design matter of the 21st Century. Not just a life source or a source of beauty, water has crucial social, cultural, and symbolic functions and plays an essential role in all living systems.

But when looking at the "international scholars and practitioners in garden design, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, and ecology" who will convene "to discuss and advance concepts of and strategies for designing water from the scale of a singular garden feature to integrated regional systems," my first thought is, "Who's not participating?" It's quite an impressive list:

  • Julia Czerniak, Chief Curator, Designing Water; Professor & Associate Dean, Syracuse Architecture
  • Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA; Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • ​​​​​​​Elma van Boxel and Krisitan Koreman, Founding Directors, ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]
  • James Corner, RLA, ASLA; Founding Partner and CEO, James Corner Field Operations
  • Georges Descombes, Principal, Atelier Descombes Rampini
  • ​​​​​​​James A. Garland, AIA, NCARB President; President & Founder, Fluidity Design Consultants
  • Adriaan Geuze, Prof., Ir., RLA, OALA; Founding Partner, Design Director, West 8
  • Christophe Girot, Head of the Institute of Landscape Architecture, Dean Elect at the Department of Architecture of the ETH in Zürich
  • Dorothée Imbert, Professor, Hubert C. Schmidt Chair in Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University
  • ​​​​​​​Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA; Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates and Hargreaves Jones
  • ​​​​​​​Tilman Latz, Partner & Design Director, Latz + Partner; Landscape Architect ByAK bdla, Architect ByAK, Urban Planner ByAK
  • ​​​​​​​Michael G. Lee, Reuben M. Rainey Professor in the History of Landscape Architecture; Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture; University of Virginia School of Architecture
  • Nina-Marie E. Lister, MCIP, RPP, Honorary ASLA; Associate Professor, Ryerson University; Graduate Program Director, Urban & Regional Planning Director, Ecological Design Lab; Founding Principal, PLANDFORM
  • Kate Orff, RLA; Founding Principal, SCAPE
  • ​​​​​​​Colvin Randall, P.S. du Pont Fellow, Longwood Gardens
  • Paul B. Redman, President and CEO, Longwood Gardens
  • ​​​​​​​Mark Robbins, President and CEO, American Academy in Rome
  • ​​​​​​​Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA, FAAR; Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, The City College of New York; Principal, Catherine Seavitt Studio
  • ​​​​​​​Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor and Director, Office for Urbanization
  • ​​​​​​​Mason White, Associate Professor, University of Toronto; Partner, Lateral Office
  • ​​​​​​​Kongjian Yu, FASLA; Changjiang Chair Professor of Design, Peking University College of Architecture and Landscape; President and Principal Designer, Turenscape

Registration is now open for Designing Water.