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SUN-B01 - Foregrounding Landscape Architecture: Mitigating the Costs of Global Land Consumption

Sunday, October 22
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


As the global population continues to expand and economies evolve, we are experiencing an unsustainable rate of consumption of land and resources. This session examines how the discipline of landscape architecture is being applied to achieve sustainable outcomes in large-scale, complex development projects around the world.

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Doug Smith

EDSA., Inc.

Doug Smith serves as President at EDSA, the award-winning international full-service planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm. In his role, Smith provides organizational leadership and direction for more than 125 employees, as well as to oversee individual projects and a studio design team within EDSA. This enables him to maintain a hands-on, day-to-day understanding of the challenges facing diverse communities, his colleagues and the profession itself. With 29 years in practice, Smith’s portfolio includes successful projects throughout the world, active involvement in numerous industry organizations, and leadership in multi-disciplinary educational design seminars.


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Gerdo Aquino

SWA Group

Gerdo Aquino is the Chief Executive Officer of SWA, a studio-based design firm recognized for its creative ideas in the fields of landscape architecture, urban design and planning. SWA has worked strategically in over 60 countries nurturing a critical dialogue of urbanism that integrates principles of design, ecology and technology into a robust public infrastructure for people. Recently Gerdo completed Phase I of the Sava Promenada in Belgrade, Serbia; the San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso, TX, and Milton Street Park along the Ballona Creek in Los Angeles


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Mark Dawson

Managing Principal

As head of the landscape architecture and site practice, Mark is an Executive Committee a member. He s drives the strategic direction of the urban public market practice within the Urban Studio. Mark's specialty is planning and designing award-winning urban landscapes.

Mark views the cities in which he works as vital and living ecosystems. Considering and synthesizing the complexities of social, economic, environmental, and cultural influences, he creates coherent, enduring, sustainable designs. As a part of his work, Mark educates communities about the importance of public spaces and how their ownership / involvement ensures environmental, social sustainability and economic revitalization.


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SUN-B01 - Foregrounding Landscape Architecture: Mitigating the Costs of Global Land Consumption

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