URI Landscape Architecture lecture series

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leads off with talk on ‘New Urbanism,’ Sept. 27

KINGSTON, R.I.- September 17, 2007- “New Urbanism and Landscape Architecture: Designs for Living, Work and Play” is the first topic in the 2007-08 URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, which kicks off Sept. 27 with a lecture by Michael Abate, senior project designer at Kimley Horn and Associates, a multi-disciplinary design firm with 50 offices worldwide.

His talk begins at 7 p.m. in White Hall auditorium on the URI Kingston campus. All the lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

A 1995 graduate of the University of Rhode Island landscape architecture program, Abate is based in North Carolina where he has worked on the design and master planning of such projects as a corporate campus plan for Hendricks Motor Sports in Concord, a mixed-use development at Forney Creek Park in Lincoln, and entry monuments and branding at the Toyota Racing Development campus in Rowan.

Abate’s presentation will offer case studies of mixed-use developments for the new urban lifestyle. “It will entail the way landscape architects design the way we live, work, and play within a mixture of uses, such as retail shopping development with office and residential components,” Abate said.

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

– Oct. 25, Bradley Cantrell, assistant professor at Louisiana State University, on “Fantasy: Reality;”

– Nov. 15, Jason Hellendrung, senior associate at Sasaki Associates, on “Shaping the Public Realm through Urban Infrastructure;”

– Feb. 21, Skip Burck, principal of Richard Burck Associates, on “View From the Lodge;”

– March 13, Christian Werthmann, Harvard University, School of Design, on “Structure: Reclaiming the American Roofscape;”

– March 27, Enrique Norten, principal of Ten Arquitectos, topic to be determined; and

– April 17, Patricia O’Donnell, principal of Heritage Landscapes, on “Sustaining Places We Value in the 21st Century”

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 Landscape Architecture at 874-2983 or Professor Will Green at wagre@uri.edu.