Water - Stormwater Management

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-A03 - Visualizing the Creative Design of North America’s Rivers

Sunday, October 22
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

1.5 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW, AIA/non-HSW, AICP, FL, NY/non-HSW

Through the river research and design work of four North American MLA programs, this session demonstrates how advanced representation and modeling are necessary to develop convincing design solutions for problems of climate change, water scarcity, and the development pressures placed on our hydrological systems.

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Bradley Cantrell

Chair and Professor in Landscape Architecture
University of Virginia School of Architecture

Bradley Cantrell is a landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. Professor Cantrell received his BSLA from the University of Kentucky and his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is currently an Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology and a researcher in the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work points to a series of methodologies that develop modes of modeling, simulation, and embedded computation that express and engage the complexity of overlapping physical, cultural, and economic systems.


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Karen M'Closkey

Associate Professor
University of Pennsylvania

Karen M’Closkey is a landscape architect whose work explores pattern as a means to heighten the perception of temporal phenomena characteristic of landscapes. Her firm, PEG, are winners of a 2013 PEW Fellowship in the Arts, and named to the “Select Ten” list of thought leaders in design by Metropolis Magazine for its work exploring digital media in landscape architecture. She is co-author of Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age (2017) and co-editor of LA+ SIMULATION, both of which reflect on how recent technologies, including environmental modeling and hydrodynamic simulations, have influenced how we design with nature.


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Alissa North

Associate Professor, Director MLA Program, Founding Partner, North Design Office Inc.
University of Toronto

Alissa North is a Canadian landscape architect who takes a process-based approach in her research and in designing urban environments to engender vibrant communities and ecologies. Her practice, NDO Inc., has garnered acclaim for its environmental mandate, artistic sensibilities, and minimalist detailing. The office has been shortlisted in several international design competitions, winning eight awards. North is the author of Operative Landscapes: Building Communities Through Public Space (2013), and the forthcoming Innate Terrain: Theory in Contemporary Canadian Landscape Architecture (2017), which both examine current landscape architecture projects to situate the discipline’s theoretical trajectories.


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Alexander Robinson

Assistant Professor
University of Southern California

Alexander Robinson is an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture & Urbanism at USC and principal of the Office of Outdoor Research. His co-authored book, Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture, is a bestselling treatise on landscapes as material performance systems. His research into the design of landscape infrastructures has been featured in the press, multiple books, and exhibitions. In 2015, he was awarded the American Academy in Rome Rome Prize. His upcoming book (Fall 2018) is “Spoils of Dust: Reinventing the Lake that Made Los Angeles”. Robinson received his MLA from the Harvard GSD.


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SUN-A03 - Visualizing the Creative Design of North America’s Rivers

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