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  • Burns Auditorium, College of Design 2221 Katherine Stinson Dr Raleigh, NC 27607 (map)

Open to the Public, All are Welcome

Re-thinking Sustainability and Resiliency for Urban Landscapes

Building a living urban landscape that succeeds is a ridiculously difficult assignment. Plants don’t want to be in the city, urban fill is stubbornly infertile, buildings make miserable microclimates, motors spew fumes, and climate change mangles best laid plans today and tomorrow. Why would anyone be nuts enough to try? It’s because landscapes, when they thrive physically, socially, and culturally, make some of the most magnificent places in the city, with no prejudice toward background, income, nationality, or personal preferences.

The noble causes of sustainability and resiliency have created expectations that landscapes must perform– -and they should as much as they can– -but each in its own way, giving landscape architects the latitude to think out of the box about ecology, the environment, and place. Using three landscapes in Toronto, Laura will share the trials and pleasures of making outdoors spaces that are functional but also strive to be loved.

The Landscape Architecture Lecture Series is produced by the department of Landscape Architecture in partnership with the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Landscape Architecture Advisory Council.

Laura Solano

Principal, MVVA | Cambridge

Laura is widely regarded as an expert in the field of landscape technology and sustainability, and her leadership and knowledge inform the design, construction, and post-construction maintenance of MVVA’s projects. Her particular areas of expertise include the integration of stormwater management, complexities of on-structure landscapes, use of sustainable soil, innovative approaches for landscape materials, and techniques for organic maintenance. In collaboration with Matt Urbanski and Michael Van Valkenburgh, Laura serves as a managing principal for planning and design projects from their earliest phases and oversees the technical aspects of MVVA’s landscapes firm-wide.