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River Cities: Historical and Contemporary SYMPOSIUM

2015 Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium (May 8–9, 2015)
To register, complete the REGISTRATION FORM. The cost for both days is $65 ($40 for students). Registration is required and is first-come, first-served.

Organized by Thaisa Way, Dumbarton Oaks senior fellow and professor of landscape architecture at University of Washington.

Resilience and adaptability are key elements of viable urbanism. But how have these concepts been understood historically? And how do they shape the design and stewardship of urban landscapes today? The dynamic relationships between cities and their rivers, a landscape of potentially critical adaptability and resilience, is the focus of “River Cities: Historical and Contemporary.” Building on the emergence of urban humanities and urban landscape history, we propose to consider the urban river as a city-making landscape deserving of careful reading and analysis: past, present, and future.

The subject of this symposium builds on a new multiyear initiative in Urban Landscape Studies, which Dumbarton Oaks is launching in 2015 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Its principal goal is to create a dialogue between designers and scholars to address the landscape consequences of advancing urbanization. With this task in mind, the 2015 symposium aims to bring together the work of contemporary designers with the historical perspectives of scholars, encouraging practitioners and historians to bridge the gaps between their modes of thinking.

This event is approved for 12 LA CES (ASLA) credits for professional landscape architects.