Landscape Department Colloquium: “Environment, Engineering, Landscape”

Landscape architecture has historically enjoyed a porous border with disciplines that describe, act upon, and predict the performance, patterns, and structures of the environment. As a design discipline that is especially invested in broadening its scope of influence across scales, it has actively looked into engineering and the sciences to revise and develop its methods. It is easy to imagine an expanded field of landscape architecture that is constructed around the set of disciplines and practices that center around ecology, engineering, conservation, management, to name a few. However, the overlap between these fields has continuously shifted as disciplinary and societal priorities evolve.

This colloquium will explore the nature of this overlap in the context of today’s environmental challenges.The event brings together scholars and practitioners that engage a broad range of approaches —from science, to engineering, policy and history— scales, and geographies. The aim is to chart areas of research, methods of inquiry, and shared concerns. Equally important will be to explore emerging territories of interdisciplinary practices, and the agency of design in conceptualizing landscapes that confront these challenges in new and synthetic ways.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office in advance at 617 496 2414 or [email protected].


Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].