In celebration of the 100th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, the department is creating the physical and virtual space for a series of debates, to which some of the finest minds in the field are invited. The Thunderdome Debates are designed to address both the content and the process of landscape architecture and environmental planning. UC Berkeley will host online recordings of these debates, along with written follow-up exchanges between the debaters and moderated discussions of the debates, that are open to all interested participants.
“What Do Designers Need to Know About Place?”
Associate Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto
Jane Wolff was educated as a documentary filmmaker and landscape architect at Harvard University. She has practiced landscape and urban design in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a Beatrix Farrand Distinguished Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2006. Her research deals with hybrid landscapes formed by interactions between natural process and cultural intervention. For more information about Wolff, visit http://www.aila.org.au/reform/speakers/wolff/default.htm.
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia
Jorg Sieweke is director of _scapes and director of ParadoXcity, a design-research initiative investigating the struggle for stability of delta cities: Venice, New Orleans, Baltimore and Hamburg. He is a licensed landscape architect and urban designer in Berlin. Sieweke focuses on concept, strategy, theory and tactic to inform the design of urban landscapes as a critical practice. For more information about Sieweke, visit http://www.arch.virginia.edu/people/directory/jorg-sieweke.
For more about the Thunderdome Debates, visit http://laep.ced.berkeley.edu/next100years/events/thunderdome/.