Tuesday, September 20, 2011
06:30pm - 07:30pm
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Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Free and open to the public
Aquino and Hung will explore the tactical relationship between shifting land uses and their latent infrastructural and ecological systems within dense urban centers around the world. Topics related to hyper-programming, urban ecology, multi-functional transit corridors, lifestyle and performance will be presented from a historical, economic and geo-political context and investigated through competitions, commissioned work, recent essays and publications. The work argues for new directions in landscape architecture and planning in the context of rapidly changing societies struggling to maintain a sense of identity and place.
Gerdo Aquino, MLA '96, is the president of SWA, an internationally recognized landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm based out of California. SWA has been in practice for over 50 years, has worked strategically in over 60 countries, and is comprised over 200 people nurturing a critical dialogue of design and urbanism that works for cities around the world. Based out of Los Angeles, Aquino is an accomplished landscape architect and urban designer whose focus on the public realm heightens his position on the importance of collaborative ideation between communities and consultants. Aquino is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and co-author of a recently released book by Birkhauser entitled Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA.
Ying-Yu Hung, MLA '94, is managing principal of SWA Los Angeles, co-founder of Infrastructure Research Initiative (I.R.I.S.), and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Her professional and academic work focuses on the nuanced interactions of complex urban systems arguing the potential of landscape is maximized when examined within the context of infrastructure and urbanism. Hung was the recipient of multiple awards including the ASLA National Honor Award for Zobon City Sculpture Garden, and the ASLA National Honor Award for Chongming Island North Lake Region – both in Shanghai, China.