Video: Susannah Drake, “Resilient Urban Environments”

Susannah Drake, “Resilient Urban Environments”

from February 21, 2013

Susannah Drake, “Resilient Urban Environments” from SVA MA Design Research on Vimeo.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the topics of sea level rise and storm surge have never been so relevant. Susannah Drake, the Principal of dlandstudio, will discuss how landscape architecture and good environmental design can create new infrastructure systems that will result in more resilient cities and improved biodiversity. Drake will also argue how data visualization can improve understanding about the financial incentives of good environmental design, and help untangle the bureaucratic web surrounding complex jurisdictional environments. Susannah C. Drake is the Principal of dlandstudio, an award winning multidisciplinary design firm whose recent public projects include “A New Urban Ground,” designed in collaboration with Architectural Research Office for the Museum of Modern Art’s “Rising Currents Exhibit,” and the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, a public open space system designed to absorb and remediate urban storm water. Drake is the recipient of numerous grants for her research on campus landscapes and large scale urban infrastructure projects. She is the former President and Trustee of The New York ASLA, a Trustee of the Van Alen Institute and a visiting studio professor at Syracuse, the Cooper Union, and Harvard University GSD. She is the author of “Elastic Landscape: Seeding Ecology in Public Space & Urban Infrastructure,” included in the collection of essays entitled Infrastruktururbanismus, published by DOM publishers Berlin in 2011.

Video: Landscape Architecture Design Speed Dating

Landscape Architecture Design Speed Dating

Landscape Architecture Design Speed Dating from Van Alen Institute on Vimeo.On Saturday, October 13, 2012 ASLA-NY and Van Alen Institute hosted Landscape Architecture Design Speed Dating, a special edition of Van Alen’s seasonal portfolio review series pairing four emerging landscape architecture professionals with four esteemed critics from the landscape community for a round-robin of rapid-fire feedback. Thanks to this round’s panel of critics: Thomas Balsley (Principal, Thomas Balsley Associates), Nancy Prince (Deputy Chief for Design, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation), Lacy Shelby (Director of Green Infrastructure, NYC Department of Transportation), and Denisha Williams (President, NY Chapter ASLA). And congratulations to our speed-daters: Emily Josephs, Ed Krafcik, Brian Schundler, and A. Zevi Thomas!

Video: Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront

Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront

On October 18, 2010 the Van Alen Institute hosted an evening of rapid-fire Pecha Kucha presentations in partnership with the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront” featured twelve speakers who shared their own efforts to push the boundaries of the profession, advocate for positive change, and create quality spaces for civic life. To view the full line-up of presenters, visit ow.ly/ggeFW

Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront from Van Alen Institute on Vimeo.

Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront
Landscape Architecture Pecha Kucha Night

Today’s landscape architects are pushing the boundaries of the profession, advocating for positive change and creating quality spaces for civic life. To examine the current state of landscape architecture and uncover new directions, experiments, and accomplishments, the New York Chapter ASLA and Van Alen Institute will co-host a Landscape Architecture Pecha Kucha Night on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Pecha Kucha is a lively presentation format, featuring a lineup of twelve speakers presenting twenty slides at a rapid-fire twenty seconds per slide. Most of all, it’s an inclusive atmosphere of camaraderie and sharing.

Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for Pecha Kucha Night presentations! We’re pleased to announce the evening’s exciting lineup:

Richard Alomar, “Urban Sketching”

Martin Joseph Barry, reSITE, “reSITE: Collaborative Ideas for Livable Cities”

Taewook Cha, Supermass Studio, “Think Differently”

Gareth Mahon, Robin Key Landscape Architecture, “Serviam Gardens: Collaborative Design for Senior Housing”

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Catherine Seavitt Studio, “Adaptive Sediments: Dredge & Drift”

Nancy Owens, Nancy Owens Studio, “Green Retrofit of Urban Public Spaces in New York City”

Ian Quate + Colleen Tuite, GRNASFCK, “Against Homogeneous Landscape! And Towards a Local Wilderness”

David Seiter, Future Green Studio, “Resilient Landscapes”

Amy Stroud, Building Foundations, “Build.Found.Haiti”

Meg Studer, Siteations, “Edge Operations_Re-Surveying Walden”

Denisha Williams, “Geometry, Hydrology & Spirit of Leadership”

Lydia Xynogala, The Cooper Union, “Dark Ecology”
Landscape Architecture Pecha Kucha Night is presented in association with Archtober, NYC’s month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions.