2020 Benjamin C. Howland Memorial Lecture
Friday, February 28, 2020
The UVA School of Architecture
Landscape Perspectives: Making Common Ground
This year’s Howland Lecture + Panel will revisit the themes of equity, inclusion, and advocacy raised in the previous two iterations of the Landscape Perspectives series through the lens of one project: 11th Street Bridge Park. Located in Washington D.C. on the Anacostia River, this project reimagines what it means to engage with communities in place making and to create conditions for equitable development and economic prosperity. New public spaces are often proposed as answers to challenges like rapid urbanization and climate change, but they can also become unintended avenues for inequality. We ask what constitutes a truly equitable public space: Who does it represent and how does it function? What conversations should be had and what tools deployed? What role does design excellence play in its realization? Our panel of speakers will lead an exploration of these questions within the context of this unique case study in our nation’s capital.
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