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Cultivating the City: Infrastructures of Abundance in Urban Brazil

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:30pm Jacques Abelman of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture will present current research-in-progress into connected urban foodscapes based on indigenous species in Brazil.  The lecture is free and open to all and will be held in Pruyne Auditorum in Fayerweather Hall on the Amherst College campus and is sponsored by Amherst College Programs in Architectural Studies and in European Studies, by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World, and by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst.

For more information, contact Heidi Gilpin, Chair of the Architectural Studies program at Amherst College.

Abelman is a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College.  Since 2007, Abelman has been running his own office for research and design, ground condition, and attending and working for the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.  He is a published author and the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the NH BOS Landscape Foundation Award (Amsterdam, 2012), an Amsterdam School for the Arts Grant for international cooperation between Brazil and the Netherlands (2012), and First Prize for a landscape redevelopment, storm water protection, and recreation plan in Hudson Bay called Swimming to Manhattan, awarded by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects (New York, 2012). He was also a finalist in the Venice: Cityvision competition for his Serenissima landscape strategy for saving the city from climate change (Venice, 2011); and he received two International Design Resource Awards, one for his experimental sustainable outdoor furniture, and one for his Clam House project (Seattle, 2000 and 2002), in addition to the Wise Fine Arts Award for best undergraduate thesis in fine arts at Amherst College (1996).

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