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Landscape architect to discuss using radar to - Read the Urban Landscape at URI on Mar. 24

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 16, 2004 -- Peter Trowbridge, a professor of landscape architecture at Cornell University and the principal of Trowbridge and Wolf in Ithaca, N.Y., will present a lecture at the University of Rhode island on Wednesday, Mar. 24 on "Reading the Urban Landscape: Site Assessment Narratives."

The event is part of the URI Community Planning and Landscape Architecture spring lecture series. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URIís Kingston campus. The program is free and open to the public.

According to Trowbridge, most urban sites have been modified in ways that may not be immediately apparent, and some of these modifications may severely impact the success of landscape designs for such sites. By "reading the landscape" using ground-penetrating radar and other tools, designers can identify subterranean features and other concerns that may affect the landscape design and selection of plant species.

Over the last decade, Trowbridge has developed a unique set of strategies to establish planting in difficult urban and severely disturbed sites. The result of using these strategies in practice has been projects that demonstrate greater plant survival and subsequently greater overall success.

Trowbridge is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. At Cornell, he teaches classes that engage students in plant identification, planting design and construction technology, as well as graduate and undergraduate studio courses that focus on landscape rehabilitation and ecology. He is a frequent contributor to Landscape Architecture Magazine and is an editor of the Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning.

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