Berkeley Thunderdome Discussion of Jane Wollf and Jorg Sieweke >> postponed

Event POSTPONED  > New Date tba for spring 2014 stay tuned …

Thunderdome Debates: What Do Designers Need to Know About Place?

sponsored by

Kristina Hill, PhD Associate Professor University of California, Berkeley

Monday, 10/21/13 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wurster Hall

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?” 


Jane Wolff
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

Jorg Sieweke
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

For more about the Thunderdome Debates, visit

Published by: paradoXcity

Jorg Sieweke practices as a licensed landscape architect and urban designer in Berlin. Since 2009, he directs the design-research initiative paradoXcity. In 2020 he started a position as Associate Professor to conceive and conduct a new master program in "Landscape architecture for global sustainability" at Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU), located at the Oslo Fjord. Before he held professorships at University of Virginia and was Visiting Professor at RWTH Aachen and HCU Hamburg in Germany. In 2015 he was resident fellow at Villa Massimo - the German Academy in Rome. ParadoXcity challenges convention of practice in landscape architecture to establish its own trajectory of a landscape & urbanism. With his PhD. (2015) he interrogates the implicit knowledge production in the design process.

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