The Nature of Cities: Practice and Perception – investigates nature and the urban environment from the vantage point of a landscape architect, and a cultural historian.
DECEMBER 2016 LECTURE
From the Granite Garden to West Philadelphia (with a nod to the Fens):
Restoring Nature & Communities
Anne Whiston Spirn
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, MIT
Anne Whiston Spirn, our speaker on December 1st, has raised awareness of the segregation of ecology from urban planning ever since her publication of The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design in 1984. For thirty years, Spirn has directed the West Philadelphia Landscape Project, an award-winning program dedicated to restoring nature, rebuilding inner-city communities, and empowering youth. She will describe this research-in-action, its impact on Philadelphia’s planning policies, and its lessons for more equitable and sustainable communities.
Thursday, December 1, 2016