GSD Talks: Chris Reed in conversation with Charles Waldheim, “Projective Ecologies”

Projective Ecologies
takes stock of the diversity of contemporary ecological research and theory and speculates on potential paths forward for design practices. It is an explicit recognition of a plurality of ecological theories and applied research underpinning contemporary understandings of cultural and natural living systems. The book includes new and reprinted essays and drawings that trace various relationships between ecological thinking and design thinking over the past two decades, and moving forward. Contributors include Daniel Botkin, James Corner, Peter Del Tredici, Erle Ellis, Richard Forman, GROSS.MAX, Christopher Hight, Sanford Kwinter, Sean Lally, Nina-Marie Lister, OMA, Chris Reed, Charles Waldheim, West 8, Jane Wolff, and many others.

Chris Reed is Principal of Stoss Landscape Urbanism and Associate Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is an internationally recognized figure in the fields of landscape and urbanism, most recently involved in major re-visioning strategies for downtown Dallas and its riverfront; for derelict refinery and port sites along the lakefront in Mississauga, Canada; for the city of Detroit; for major new waterfront developments in Shanghai and Green Bay; and for a vibrant new plaza at the heart of Harvard University’s campus. His research focuses on the relationships between ecological thinking and design practices, and his co-edited volume Projective Ecologies was published by ACTAR and the GSD in winter 2013.  His work through Stoss has been recognized with the 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture; the 2010 Topos International Landscape Award; and various other practice- and project-based awards from Progressive Architecture, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Architectural League of New York, the Waterfront Center, EDRA / Places, and the Boston Society of Architects.

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