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Sunday, February 10, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST

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As the 50th anniversary of Ian McHarg’s landmark text arrives, landscape architecture in general and University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) in particular have been forced to ask: what does it mean to design with nature, now? To mark the occasion and to respond to that question, the School is launching two parallel efforts: a major international conference and set of exhibitions to be held in Philadelphia in June 2019 entitled “Design with Nature Now”, and the establishment of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism + Ecology within the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.

This keynote address will provide an overview of both efforts, including a preview of the exhibition materials
being curated for the symposium. During the presentation, Mr. Fleming will delve into the Center’s various works-in-progress to demonstrate the continued relevance of Ian McHarg’s ideas. These works include “The Next 100 Million”, a spatial analysis project aimed at analyzing when and where the next 100 million people will arrive in the U.S. and how the impacts of climate change will affect their lives; and “Houston, Harvey, and McHarg”,

an inundation analysis of The Woodlands’ performance during Hurricane Harvey. Through these examples, he will highlight how landscape architects can continue to apply the principles of Design with Nature to their projects now.

During this keynote, attendees will learn about the continued relevance of Ian McHarg’s ideas in landscape architecture and urban planning. The session will then discuss how bringing the sciences and the arts together develops innovative planning and design techniques for improving the relationship between human nature anddesigned ecology. And finally, attendees will learn how to cultivate the idea of designing with nature throughexamples of advanced, applied research projects by faculty and students at PennDesign.


Billy Fleming

Billy Fleming is the Wilks Family Director of The Ian McHarg Center at PennDesign. There, he leads a team of researchers furthering the Center’s mission to bring environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policy-makers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life ... Read More

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