Chris Reed

Chris Reed is the founding principal of Stoss. His innovative, hybridized approach to public space has been recognized internationally, and he has been invited to participate in competitions and installations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Middle East, Taiwan, and China. Reed’s research interests include the impact of ecological sciences on design thinking, and citymaking strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics; he is co-editor of an upcoming volume of research and drawing titled Projective Ecologies. Reed received a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Urban Studies from Harvard College. He is currently Associate Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Paolo L. Bürgi

"Bridging the Alps"

One of the aspects of our profession is that it is bound to open spaces. Open spaces are an asset that can be taken advantage of by a single person or a group of persons but sometimes even by the entire community.
A landscape-project deeply affects the everyday life of a place; consequently, it becomes a possible stimulus for the future generations that will live it.
In Switzerland, there is a certain awareness of the role and importance of the landscape project in private, public and urban domains in competitions and study mandates.
Nevertheless, this is true only in a part of Switzerland, generally the one “beyond the Gotthard”.
Very often, in the Italian speaking Canton, the landscape architect is relegated to a sort of complementary architect, secondary in regard to an architect or an engineer, who often receive the mandate to plan the open spaces.
This behaviour inevitably gives to the landscape project a marginal role in the construction goals; it excludes all possibilities of intervention in the designing of buildings, the single accessory objects, the amelioration of details, traffic and viability management and so on.
The landscape architect is lastly consulted to determine the plantations or to sign a report that legitimates the interventions in the territory, sometimes flanked by a professional figure, the ecologist, paradoxically different from the landscape architect itself.
The activities of landscape architecture in Ticino are conducted against this vision, through the difficult balance between a strong professionalism and the sensitivity of research, tracing a sign addressed to beauty and to a depth of significance of the landscape.

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Noel Kingsbury

The Rabbit's Eye View' – understanding and communicating issues of long-term plant performance in designed landscapes

The long-term performance of ornamental herbaceous perennials (longevity, growth rate, seeding rate, rate of spread and competitiveness) is poorly understood and little researched, and yet is of fundamental importance given the increasingly wide use of these plants in designed landscapes, especially in low-maintenance naturalistic ones. Building on a number of studies, including a 'citizen-science' survey, a methodology for assessing and predicting long-term plant performance has been developed. This has been developed into an educational event (a day-long workshop) which has proved very successful across a wide range of user groups (amateurs, garden designers, landscape architects, landscape managers, horticulture professionals) in several different countries (including UK, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic). The teaching methodology will be outlined.

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Jörg Rekittke

Jörg Rekittke is a skilled nursery gardener. He studied landscape architecture at the Technical University Berlin and Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage Versailles and received his doctorate from RWTH Aachen University. He worked as a landscape architect in Berlin and Cologne and was cofounder and art director of Lenné3D GmbH. Recently, he has been appointed to Professor and Deputy Dean, Landscape Architecture, at the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne. From 2009 to 2016, he was Associate Professor in the Master of Landscape Architecture Programme, National University of Singapore. He has also held positions at RWTH Aachen University and University of Wageningen.



Matthias Stremlow

Swiss Made – From Cultural Landscape to Landscape Culture

Landscapes are dynamic, mirroring natural and cultural development as well as changes in perception. Monitoring these transformations shows the loss of many of its essential qualities. Maintaining ecological and cultural contributions of landscape for future generations requires a forward looking "landscape politics". Switzerland approaches this challenge by moving past a landscape politics exclusively focused on preservation, calling for an orchestrated interplay of all levels of governance and stake holders. This keynote gives insight into current instruments of Swiss landscape politics, evaluating how they may contribute to a new landscape culture that permeates decision making processes in both rural and urban development.

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