From Hurricane Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan to the Arab spring and Occupy Wall Street, 21st-century spatial practice has an opportunity never before seen to impact the adaptation of global cities to profound—and often sudden—change. With this subsequent increase in scale, complexity, and global significance, site context plays an increasingly important role. However, how can designers keep context from overshadowing the design process? This series of events will explore technological explorations such as parametrics, GIS, and simulation as the basis for a relational approach to site design in which landscape metrics ranging from topography to hydrology, vegetation, habitat, migration, and urban development can be finely tuned. Beyond conveying technical methods, events will unpack representational and technological origins in scientific documents and cartographic conventions that emerged as early as the 16th century, thus promoting a dialogue on how technological advances can simultaneously enable contemporary practice to look towards its future while learning from its past. Organized and curated by Andrea L. M. Hansen, 2013–14 Marie M. Bickham Chair at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. Visit the Datascapes website at datascapessymposium2014.tumblr.com for more information and to register.
Workshop 1: January 23–27, 2014
Thursday, January 23 Critical Cartography & Landscape Architecture: Critical GIS & Synthesizing Geodata 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (CADGIS) Friday, January 24 Performative Terrains: Topographic Analysis & 3D Generation 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CADGIS) Monday, January 27 Hydrological Scenarios: Parametric Design for Changing Sites (intro) 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CADGIS)
Workshop 2: March 6–10, 2014
Thursday, March 6 Responsive Landscapes: Topography & Environmental Performance 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (CADGIS) Friday, March 7 Responsive Landscapes: Hydrology, Industry, & Urban Vegetation 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CADGIS) Monday, March 10 Responsive Cities: Synthesizing the Urban Landscape 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CADGIS)
Symposium: March 12–13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12 Lectures & Panel Discussions 5 – 8 p.m. (103 Design Building) Thursday, March 13 Breakout Workshops 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (307 & 308 Design Building) Track 1: Recursive Landscape Keith Vandersys & Karen M’Closkey (PEG-OLA/University of Pennsylvania) Track 2: Landscape Processing Gerard R. Pietrusko (Harvard Graduate School of Design) Track 3: Harnessing Web 2.0 Sha Hwang (TBC / postarchitectural.com / meshu.io / gifpop) Track 4: Infrastructure & Regionalism Laci Videmsky (California Water Atlas)