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URI Landscape Architecture lecture series continues with ‘The Construction of Landscapes‚’ March 24

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 15, 2005 -- Niall G. Kirkwood, professor of landscape architecture and technology and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, is the next speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s Community Planning and Landscape Architecture spring lecture series.

The lecture, “The Construction of Landscapes,” will be held on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URI’s Kingston campus. It is free and open to the public.

Kirkwood has taught at Harvard since 1992 and is the founder and director of the Center for Environment and Technology, a Harvard University research, advisory and executive education initiative. Through his work, Kirkwood emphasizes a broader understanding of current and emerging technologies and techniques for landscape, civil and environmental engineering.

He is the award-winning author of The Art of Landscape Detail. Kirkwood also co-edited Reclaimed: Recovery Processes and Design Practices for Post-Industrial Landscapes and Weathering and Durability in Landscape Architecture, both of which discuss the redevelopment of contaminated sites, including derelict abandoned land from former urban and industrial uses.

Kirkwood is currently researching landfill closures and the redevelopment of decommissioned military bases, industrial and manufacturing complexes, former nuclear production facilities and the use of innovative environmental technologies to address highly toxic sites.