João Nunes, Aurora Tang, Sarah Cowles, Karen M'Closkey, Steven Handel, Brett Milligan, Elene Irwin, Roland Gustavsson, Dorothee Imbert, Elizabeth Mossop, Richard Hindle, Michael Mercil, Michel Desvigne, Georges Descombes, Marc Treib

Symposium | THIS IS A TEST: Landscape as Site for Research: April 1-  2, 2016

THIS IS A TEST: Landscape as Site for Research assembles designers, scholars, scientists and artists to discuss the role of experimentation, research and prototyping in the wider field of landscape architecture. Today’s landscape architects draw from the methodology of agronomists, foresters and horticulturists as well as from art experiments to analyze ecological patterns and generate design proposals—from garden to river and forest. Often small in scale, these experimentations inform larger landscape systems and offer a measure for spatial, material and ecological conditions. THIS IS A TEST celebrates the 100th anniversary of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University by building on the legacy of a land grant institution, namely the connection to agriculture and the reliance on empirical research.

The symposium is organized bySarah Cowles and Dorothée Imbert and is co-sponsored by the Graham Foundation, The Ohio State University College of Engineering and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

DAY 1: Friday 1 April 2016
Film/Video Theater, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University

8:15 Registration and Coffee/Tea

8:40 Michael B. Cadwell, Director, Knowlton School (welcome)
8:45 Dorothée Imbert, Head, Landscape Architecture Section, Knowlton School (introduction)
9:00 George Descombes, “Designing a rivergarden”
9:40 Steven Handel, Ph.D., “Rising Seas, Restoring our Coastal Landscape”
Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
10:20 Coffee/Tea Break
10:40 Richard Hindle, “Inventing Rivers: levee prototypes and environmental innovations from the United States
Patent and Trademark Office”
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley
11:20 Elena Irwin, “Integrated Modeling of Agricultural Landscapes and Ecosystem Services: The Lake Erie
Coupled Human and Natural Systems Project”
12:00 Q&A
12:20 Break for Lunch (See restaurant info below)

13:50 Sarah Cowles, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Knowlton School (introduction)
14:00 Elizabeth Mossop, “Reimagining Urban Vacancy: Landscape Experiments in New Orleans and Detroit”
Founding Principal, Spackman Mossop and Michaels landscape architects
14:40 Brett Milligan, “1:1 Scale Trials with the Vacant and Feral”
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis
15:20 Coffee/Tea Break
15:40 Karen M’Closkey, “Tests of Time”
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
16:20 Q&A
17-18:00 Informal Reception, Mershon Auditorium Lobby

DAY 2: Saturday 2 April 2016
Gui Auditorium (250), Knowlton Hall, The Ohio State University

8:30 Registration and Coffee/Tea

9:00 Dorothée Imbert (introduction)
9:15 Michel Desvigne, “Landscape Coherences: Tests, Prototypes, and Scales of Operations”
Landscape architect, Paris
10:00 Roland Gustavsson, “The Landscape Laboratory. Simple, Spatial, and Dynamic”
10:45 Coffee/Tea Break
11:00 Marc Treib, “The Garden as Test Site”
Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
11:45 Q&A
12:00 Break for Lunch (See restaurant info below)

13:45 Sarah Cowles (introduction)
14:00 João Nunes, “Prototype as a test”
Founder and CEO of PROAP, Lisbon
14:40 Aurora Tang, “World Building in the West: Conceptual Development, Cultural Monuments, and Visionary Life
Practices and Teachings”
Program Manager, Center for Land Use Interpretation
15:20 Coffee/Tea Break
15:40 Michael Mercil, “Land Grant: An Artist in a Public University”
Professor in the Department of Art, The Ohio State University
16:20 Q&A and Closing Comments
17-18:30 Closing Reception, Knowlton Hall Center Space

Schedule subject to change.


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