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"Why Not Cultural Systems?" Charles Birnbaum Lecture
"Why Not Cultural Systems?" Charles Birnbaum Lecture
WhenTuesday, Feb 26, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
Campus locationArchitecture Hall (ARC)
Campus room147
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsVictor Stanley (vendor)
UW Landscape Architecture

Why Not Cultural Systems?
Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR
President + CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The public and critical recognition of the role of landscape architecture and landscape architects in shaping our shared public realm is growing.  However, the cultural value of our shared landscape legacy is often little known or understood, and most arbiters of this legacy (including architecture critics) are often ill-equipped to assess and contextualize it particularly when threats to significant works of landscape architecture arise. The time has come for practitioners to play a key role in expanding this discourse.

This presentation will begin by laying out the challenges and opportunities of this current situation and will conclude with several successful project examples (including recent works by West 8 and Raymond Jungles), selected by the presenter that meet and exceed the presenter’s challenge to value history and culture at an equivalent level that is often placed on natural and ecological systems.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public, but we ask that you register using the button above.

We will offer 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour) via LA/CES.

Charles A. Birnbaum, is President and CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Before creating TCLF, he spent 15 years as coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative and a decade in private practice in NYC focused on landscape preservation and urban design. He has authored/edited numerous publications, is an ASLA Fellow, was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s GSD, and a Rome Prize recipient. He was awarded the ASLA’s LaGasse Medal in 2008 and the President’s Medal in 2009. He is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

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