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Changing Cities: Landscape As An Integrated Perspective

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 5th, 2011

10 May , 2011
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Landscape master plan and urban design for the fortifications surrounding Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, which is listed as a World Heritage site.

Melbourne School of Design: Dean’s Lecture Series 2011

Day after day people’s lives are affected by poor or inadequately planned development. The world is in flux: climate change, deforestation, floods, urbanization, the shifting weight of the developing world, and the rising shortage of resources are causing us to rethink the way we design places. The modern world presents both challenges and opportunities to those who design and shape built, natural and social environments. Using Colombia as a case study, leading landscape architect Martha Fajardo will give a Latin-American perspective into this global issue.

Martha is CEO of Grupo Verde Ltda, a firm dedicated to the professional practice of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Urbanism and Urban Design, based in Colombia and Latin America. In her illustrated lecture, Martha will detail the transformations which have recently occurred in Bogotá, Medellin and Cartagena in relation to transport, public spaces, art and culture, education, social urbanism and social inclusion. In this illustrated lecture, she will explain that by optimizing, diversifying and regenerating urban spaces, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference – to create affordable landscapes, landscapes of happiness. The quality of the environment is a key component of robust economic growth believes Fajardo.

“Remarkable, valuable, historical and beautiful landscapes are given sanctuary, but at present, the everyday landscape – the social, economic and physical context of our lives – has no champion. Fragmented into various components that are green, grey or blue, agricultural, historical or ecological, it is undervalued and neglected, seemingly belonging to everyone, but actually to no one.”

7.00pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 10 May 2011

Carrillo Gantner Theatre
Basement, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The University of Melbourne

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