Landscape as Necessity Debate Series launches Oct. 9

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Landscape as Necessity Debate Series launches Oct. 9

September 18, 2015

 

The Landscape as Necessity Debate Series debuts October 9, 2015 at the Helms Design Center in Culver City. 

 

Kate Cullity (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) and Mia Lehrer (Mia Lehrer + Associates) will be lecturing and participating in a debate moderated by Professor Kelly Shannon, the Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture programs at USC. 

 

Initiated by Professor Shannon, the series includes four events this academic year. Each event includes two lectures from prominent landscape architects (one based in L.A., one from elsewhere) followed by a moderated debate on a theme that will change annually. This year’s theme is “Drought & Beauty.” 

 

“As we are in the midst of four years of drought, it will no doubt become clear that in order to go beyond the well-intentioned policies of state and local leaders, in order to have beauty in times of drought, there is an absolute necessity of landscape architecture,” said Shannon. 

 

Professor Shannon was motivated to start the series “to create a vital platform for debate and the exchange of ideas concerning the most pressing issues confronting Los Angeles” in addition to being “committed to exposing students to the city’s leading thinkers and practitioners in dialogue with top-notch landscape architects from around the world.” 

 

The series is co-sponsored by USC’s Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program, Cal Poly Pomona’s Landscape Architecture Program, and UCLA’s Extension Program in Landscape Architecture. Shannon hopes to incorporate the annual series into a USC course. 

 

The events are open to the public, and the full schedule is below. 

 

“Drought & Beauty” – All events 6-9 pm; 45 minute lecture per speaker + moderated debate. 

 

October 9, 2015
6 pm, Helms Design Center (8745 Washington Blvd., Culver City) 
Kate Cullity, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Melbourne 
Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles 
moderator: Kelly Shannon, USC, Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program 

 

November 20, 2015 
6 pm, Helms Design Center (8745 Washington Blvd., Culver City) 
James Burnett, OJB, Solana Beach 
Mark Rios, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles 
moderator: Stefanie Landregan, UCLA, Extension Program in Landscape Architecture 

 

February 5, 2016 
6 pm, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) (411 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles) 
Els Verbakel & Elie Derman, Derman Verbakel Architecture, Tel Aviv 
Allen Compton, SALT, Los Angeles 
moderator: Rennie Tang, Cal Poly Pomona, Landscape Architecture Program 

 

March 4, 2016 
6 pm, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) (411 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles) 
Marti Franch, EMF Landscape Architecture, Girona 
Gerdo Aquino, SWA, Los Angeles 
moderator: Hadley Arnold, Arid Lands Institute 

 

Academic sponsors: 
USC, Graduate Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program 
Cal Poly Pomona, Landscape Architecture Program 
UCLA, Extension Program in Landscape Architecture 

 

Other Sponsors: 
LALA, Landscape Architects Los Angeles 
ALI, Arid Lands Institute 
Mia Lehrer + Associates 
Neutra VDL House 
Helms Design Center