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URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, Mar. 8

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

Wind farm issues to be discussed

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 27, 2007 – Terry DeWan, principal of Terrence J. DeWan and Associates, will discuss landscape design issues related to wind power facilities as part of the University of Rhode Island Landscape Architecture Lecture Series on Thursday, Mar. 8 at 7 p.m. The event, entitled “Wind Power/ Flower Power: Commonalities/ Opportunities,” will be held in Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URI’s Kingston campus and is free and open to the public.

“The talk will explore some of the conflicts inherent in energy development and commercial development, key issues as we try to achieve a greater level of sustainability while maintaining our unique sense of place,” said DeWan.

DeWan has over 35 years of professional experience in landscape architecture, visual resource assessment, and site planning. He has developed design guidelines for villages and towns, transit oriented developments, and prepared downtown revitalization plans for cities around New England. Current projects include the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a scenic inventory methodology for the coast of Maine, visual impact assessments for wind farms, and vegetation management plans for conservation subdivisions.

After working eleven years as a founding partner of Mitchell-DeWan Associates, he established his firm in 1988 in Yarmouth, Maine, which is known for its ability to balance computer-generated products with hand drawn graphics. These techniques have been employed to ascertain the impacts that wind farms, LNG facilities, power lines, bridges and cargo ports will have on the landscape.

The remaining speakers in the lecture series are Warren Byrd, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz, on “Design and Sustainability: Are They Mutually Exclusive?” on April 5, and Meg Calkins, associate professor at Ball State University, on “What Makes Sustainable?” on April 19.

The URI Landscape Architecture series is co-sponsored by the 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 series, contact the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture at 874-2249 or Professor Will Green at wagre@uri.edu.