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Thursday, March 4, Focus on Design

Presentation Descriptions

9:00-10:00am EST

The Garden of Vegan
Cleve West, Cleve West Design

Cleve is a garden designer working predominantly in the UK and has gardened organically for 30 years. Since going vegan in 2015 he’s applied a “veganic” ethic at his allotment where he and his wife enjoy growing fruit and vegetables. This, together with this last year of introspection has made him look more closely at his role as a gardener/designer and our wider relationship with the natural world, specifically what we take from it but don’t give back. Cleve will talk generally about his approach to gardening as a designer and as an amateur grower before focusing on wider environmental concerns and hopes for the future.

10:15-11:15am EST

Sharing the Adventure: Design Communications for Ecological Landscapes
Toby Wolf, Wolf Landscape Architecture

When a designed landscape succeeds, it’s a sign that there’s been strong communication across the project team. It means that the designers understand the clients’ goals and resources, and that the clients understand how their new landscape will look, how it will change, and how it will be managed over time.  In this presentation, Toby Wolf will explore strategies for making the design process a shared adventure.

12:45-1:45pm EST

The Aesthetics of Ecology and Why Design Matters
Gerdo Aquino, SWA Group

This presentation will explore the hypercritical role of ecology in restoring our natural systems while creating places for people. In the past 20 years we have seen the implementation of significant works of landscape architecture varying in scale, complexity, and program. Some we love, some not so much. But, do we know the underlying reasons behind the design? We’ll explore the role of aesthetics in shaping our environments and look at how design and ecological systems are inextricable from each other.

2:00-3:00pm EST

Designing for Dry Stone Walling in the Landscape
Dan Peterson, HabAdapt Landscape Design

Sustainable and regenerative construction approaches within today’s landscape have become more and more imperative, especially when considering climate and habitat. Traditional dry stone construction methods offer several advantages when used in sustainable landscape construction. Daniel will be touching on the history as well as some of the methods involved in dry stone construction. He will also discuss basic parameters for determining carbon footprint and other environmental implications when designing for dry stone walls.

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