Alexander Robinson Faculty Lecture 08.31.15 - An Instrumental Reconciliation + Genius Ingenium

Alexander Robinson Faculty Lecture 08.31.15 - An Instrumental Reconciliation + Genius Ingenium

Alexander Robinson is an assistant professor at the USC School of Architecture and the director of the USC Landscape Morphologies Lab as well as principal of the Los Angeles based firm Office of Outdoor Research (oOR). He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

 

Robinson’s research and practice is focused on the means necessary to advance the design and implementation of high performance landscapes and infrastructures. Under the umbrella of the Landscape Morphologies Lab, Robinson works primarily within Los Angeles regional sites, such as the Los Angeles River and Owens Lake. His research on the Owens Lake dust mitigation project hybridizes physical modeling techniques, robotic technology, digital projection, and 3D scanning to create a new multi-sensory design platform that is responsive to the complex issues present on the lake. Additionally, a project with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering on the Los Angeles River employs physical hydraulic modeling as part of a landscape design process, allowing designers to search for solutions within the hydraulic constraints of the site. Both approaches seek to create an unprecedented common ground where designers, engineers, and the public can effectively collaborate in seeking alternate futures for our landscape infrastructures. Robinson is the author of Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies in Landscape Architecture. Most recently, Robinson is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture. Click the link for more.