Following its launch last fall, the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Office for Urbanization has organized a sequence of conferences and colloquia, including a three-part “Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas” series across Latin America in March. The series kicked off at the Museum of Modern Art in Medellín, Colombia, on March 15, followed by a symposium at La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile, on March 18, and the final installment at Espaço Israel Pinheiro in Brasília, Brazil, on March 21.
Chile-based Plataforma Arquitectura has produced a video feature on the Office’s March 18 event in Santiago. The feature includes thoughts from Charles Waldheim, founding director of the Office and John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture at the GSD, as well as lecturer in architecture and landscape architecture Luis Callejas, and GSD alumnus Felipe Vera (MDes ’13).
The symposia engaged a variety of cultural institutions, practitioners, and academics from throughout Latin America in discussions on the potentials for landscape as a medium for urban intervention in the specific social, cultural, economic, and ecological contexts of Latin American cities.
The “Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas” series followed the Office’s inaugural colloquium in Miami Beach on February 23. That event served as an opening to the Office’s multi-year research study on South Florida and sea level in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.