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Contested Landscapes is theme of URI lecture series
in Community Planning & Landscape Architecture

Peter Flinker to discuss "Suburban Edge" Jan. 30

KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 21, 2003 -- Peter Flinker, the senior landscape architect at Dodson Associates who received a national award for his South County Design Manual, will kick off the University of Rhode Island’s spring Community Planning and Landscape Architecture lecture series on Jan. 30. The theme for the series is Contested Landscapes. Flinker will discuss "The Suburban Edge–Struggling to Maintain Place."

All lectures in the series begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the White Hall auditorium on the Kingston Campus. They are free and open to the public.

A graduate of Hope College and the University of Massachusetts, Flinker has served as principal designer and project manager on a wide variety of large-scale community planning and design projects. Locally, he provided technical S.County Design Manualplanning assistance to promote sustainable development in the Pawcatuck River Watershed.

He also conducted a review of development trends and growth regulations in South Kingstown, which led to revisions of regulations and a design manual for residential development. This guide helps small towns apply principles of sustainable design and smart growth, and was developed further into the report for which he received a national honor award in 2002 from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The rest of the lecture series schedule is as follows:

Dreaming of Gardens University of Virginia PressThursday, Feb. 13 – Kenneth Helphand, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon, will discuss "Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture and the Making of the Israeli Landscape." Helphand is a distinguished scholar and teacher, an honorary member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects, and the recipient of the 2001 Bradford Williams Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. This lecture is co-sponsored by the URI Honors Program and the Visiting Scholars Committee.

Elizabeth Mossop image of AustraliaThursday, March 20 – Elizabeth Mossop, director of Spackman and Mossop Landscape Architects in Sydney, Australia, will speak on "The Urban Edge – Integrating Parks and Roads into the Australian City." An assistant professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University, Mossop and her firm have designed major park and roadway projects throughout Australia.


Sasaki image of McIntoshThursday, April 17 – Alistair McIntosh, principal at the Watertown, Mass.-based Sasaki Associates, will address "The Water’s Edge – Defining the Boundary." Sasaki Associates is a multi-disciplinary design firm that has gained an international reputation for excellence in landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, and planning.


Sponsors of the lecture series are the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture, the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the Rhode Island chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association.

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.

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