Spring 2012 Landscape Architecture Lecture Series Kicks Off with Carol Franklin, FASLA
“The Necessity of Systems Thinking in Making, Preserving, Restoring and Creating Landscapes”
Carol Franklin RLA, FASLA, Andropogon Associates, Ltd.
January 23, 2012 at 6 p.m. in Burns Auditorium
Systems thinking is a more accurate view of reality, where landscape components are understood as parts of an interacting, interrelated and interdependent system with the need for many partners and experts in the dialogue, to help us understand the processes of each complex and dynamic place.
Carol Franklin has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer and leader in ecological design, and as a long-time community conscience. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Registered Landscape Architect, she is an internationally recognized authority on living landscapes, integrated stormwater management and the restoration of native plant communities and habitats. For over 30 years she was a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. Andropogon Associates, a Philadelphia-based landscape architecture and planning and urban design firm that she co-founded, has been a leader in exploring sustainable landscape initiatives since 1975. Carol studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Landcape Architecture under Ian McHarg. She has an undergraduate degree in art history at Wellesley College. During her landscape architecture study she apprenticed with Paolo Soleri and Russel Wright.
Carol recently finished a book, co-authored with David Contosta, called Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City: Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley from 1620 to 2020. The Wissahickon Valley is a microcosm of changes in the American Landscape over the past 400 years and the lessons of its history, present treatment, and future possibilities are both universal and unique. The book is a local journey and an exploration of how the world’s increasingly huge, and dense megalopolises can include healthy natural ecosystems within the urban fabric.
Landscape Architecture Lecture Series
Collaboration: “Beyond the Silo”
“Over its history, the landscape architecture profession has responded to societal trends by evolving —sometimes toward civic design and planning, sometimes toward art and urban public space design, and most recently toward natural systems and sustainable infrastructure.
The profession, motivated by challenging economic, environmental, and political realities, continues to evolve. Many would argue that the future seems less about narrowing our focus and “defining our turf” to more about making new synergies with our associated professions and colleagues.
The NC State University 2011-12 Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, “Collaboration – Beyond the Silo” is an exploration of how collaborative synergies contribute to the making of healthier sustainable places and beautiful landscapes for our future.”
Dan Howe, Chair, Landscape Architecture Advisory Board
Other upcoming lectures:
January 23, 2012 – Carol Franklin, FASLA, Andropogon Associates, Ltd.
February 27, 2012 – Frank Harmon, FAIA
March 19, 2012 – Professor Art Rice, FCELA, NC State University
April 16, 2012 – Annual Charles V. Berger Memorial Lecture, Carol Whipple, FASLA, National Park Service
All lectures will be held in Burns Auditorium at 6 p.m.