URI Landscape Architecture lecture series to explore sustainable design

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KINGSTON, R.I.—October 2, 2006— “Where the Wild Things Are” is the first topic in the 2006-07 URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, which kicks off on Oct. 12 with a lecture by Paula Meijerink, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and founding principal of the Boston-based design firm Wanted.

The talk begins at 8 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URI’s Kingston campus. It is free and open to the public.

A native of the Netherlands who has lectured and published internationally, Meijerink says she has a healthy appetite for political subjects, “such as the paradoxical nature of our asphalt universe, the liberated quality of the roof deck landscape, and the role of wild nature in our daily lives.”

Meijerink’s talk will address the urban environment and the edge between building and nature. She will present projects that illustrate the conditions and challenges designers face when working in highly urbanized areas for clients desiring to participate with nature.

The rest of the lecture schedule follows. All begin at 7 p.m.

– Oct. 26, Stephen Stimson, principal of Stimson Associates, on “Legible Earthwork and Sustainability;”

– Nov. 16, Jim MacBroom, principal of Milone and MacBroome, on “Stream Restoration Issues and Practices;”

– Feb. 8, Doug Reed, principal of Reed Hilderbrand Associates, on “Finding the Particular;”

– March 8, Terry DeWan, principal of Terrance DeWan & Associates, on “Wind Power/Flower Power: Commonalities/Opportunities;”

– April 5, Warren Byrd, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz, on “Design and Sustainability: Are they Mutually Exclusive,” and

– April 19, Meg Calkins, associate professor at Ball State University, on “What Makes Sustainable?”

The URI Landscape Architecture series is co-sponsored by the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the Rhode Island chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association. For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture at 874-2249 or Professor Will Green at wagre@uri.edu.