In this webinar, David Seiter will investigate the role of wild plants in the urban ecosystem by profiling a cross section of weeds. By comparing the principles of urban ecology with those of aesthetic design, Mr. Seiter challenges contemporary concepts and cultural perceptions about the value of weeds. His intent is to stimulate a discourse between ecologists, landscape architects, and policy-makers that explores societal perceptions of weeds and questions the stigmas that surround them.
David Seiter is design director and founding principal of Future Green Studio, a design build firm specializing in landscape urbanism and ecology. David’s design portfolio encompasses award winning private and public-use projects. He is author of the book Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC, a book about the overlooked ecological value of weeds in the urban landscape. Additionally, he founded the website spontaneous urbanplants.org which won a 2015 National Honor Award in Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Mr. Seiter holds an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed Landscape Architect in New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.