URI announces spring lecture series in Community Planning
and Landscape Architecture
First speaker to discuss conservation
Through subdivision design
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 29, 2001 -- The University of Rhode Island's
spring Community Planning and Landscape Architecture lecture series will
feature sculptors, landscape architects, and a conservation planner who'll
discuss a diverse mix of design themes.
Sponsored by the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape
Architecture, the lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in the White
Hall auditorium on the Kingston Campus. All are free and open to the public.
The series begins on Thursday, Feb. 8 with a discussion of "Subdivision
Design Rethinking how we develop our rural landscape" by Randall
Arendt, senior conservation adviser at the Natural Lands Trust. Arendt
is a much sought-after speaker on the topic of creative development design
as a conservation tool. He has designed "conservation subdivisions"
for a wide variety of clients in 16 states, and his designs are considered
"twice green" because they succeed both environmentally and economically.
Arendt earned degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of
Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was a St. Andrew's Scholar. He is the former
director of planning and research at the Center for Rural Massachusetts
at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of more
than 20 publications, including Growing Greener and Conservation
Design for Subdivisions, both published by Island Press.
The rest of the lecture series schedule is as follows:
Thursday, March 22 sculptors Howard Ben Tre' and Mimi Sammis,
on "Public Art in the Landscape." Ben Tre' is a pioneer in the
use of cast glass as a sculptural medium, and his work is included in more
than 70 museum collections as well as outside the Bank Boston building in
Providence. Sammis' sculptures are said to reflect the "divinity of
life" and includes a collection recently on display at the United Nations
in New York City.
Thursday, April 5 landscape architect Leslie Sauer, principal
of Andropogon Associates, a design and planning firm with a national reputation
in ecological restoration, on "Sustainable Watershed Management."
Sauer is the author of The Once and Future Forest, a guidebook
for restoring and managing natural landscapes.
Thursday, April 26 landscape architect Gary Hilderbrand,
principal of Reed Hilderbrand and adjunct associate professor at Harvard
University, on "Design Inspiration for a New Millennium." He
serves on the advisory board of LandForum Magazine and is the author
of Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti &Webel
and The Miller Garden: Icon of Modernism.
For more information about the lecture series, call the URI Department
of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture at 874-2249 or email Professor
Will Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Information: Will Green 874-2142, Todd McLeish 874-7892