MLA+U ‘GROUND’ Conversation Series: Shaky ground

05/06/21, 5:00PM

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  • Friday, May 06, 2021

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With support from The Grant & Shaya Kirkpatrick Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Leadership Fund

There is much to consider in the context of geopolitical instability and its ground manifestations. Contested ground claims, occupancies and appropriations are often played out over the most unstable of grounds - sites of flood, flow, subsidence, slide, as well as ground rendered fugitive through increasing aridity and/or misuse. This conversation is intended to consider the intersection of geo-/spatio- political forces and geophysical instability, including what it means to occupy or be forced to occupy (or flee) risky ground.


MODERATOR: Davi Schoen, USC Faculty, Landscape Designer, STOSS

About the MLA+U ‘GROUND’ Conversation Series

An interdisciplinary series on the ground’s many manifestations and meanings.


While a primary medium for landscape architects’ physical intervention, the ground has remained muted in discourse and action despite its many manifestations and capacities – to stir, to connect, to remember, as well as to expose and destabilize. This multifaceted explorative series aims to excavate the ground for these manifestations and meanings to better understand how we (humans) situate ourselves in the world and in relation to each other, to our pasts, and to the more-than-human - materials, systems, species. We explore its significance as a noun (the ground; a material), a verb (to ground; its agency), and an adjective (to be grounded; situated). In particular, the series will consider the ground as both a site of exploitation and extraction, as well as resistance and creativity. The series of conversations, exhibition and field happenings focused on questions of landscape and its varied grounds, integrates activists, designers, artists, scholars, scientists, environmentalists with diverse and intersectional identities.