Symposium at UMass Amherst Will Honor Long-Time Faculty Member Julius Fabos

AMHERST, Mass. - The department of landscape architecture and regional planning (LARP) at the University of Massachusetts will host an international symposium on land-use planning Sat. March 28, in recognition of the career of faculty member Julius G. Fabos, who retired late last year after 34 years with the department. "Julius Fabos and the METLAND Vision" will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium.

Fabos is a pioneer in the field of landscape planning, having established the METLAND (Metropolitan Landscape Planning) interdisciplinary research group in 1970.

The METLAND group developed procedures for applying landscape planning principles to create sustainable landscapes and was one of the earliest such groups to advance the use of GIS, or geographic information system, technology in landscape planning. The day-long symposium will feature several department alumni who were members of the METLAND group at UMass.

"Students and professionals can expect to learn about new trends and opportunities in the field throughout the U.S. and in Europe," says LARP faculty member Jack Ahern, symposium chair. "In addition, this is expected to be the largest gathering of LARP alumni in years."

The program includes two keynote addresses: Ervin Zube, professor emerit us at the University of Arizona and former LARP department head at UMass, will speak at 10:30 a.m. about trends in landscape architecture; and Philip Lewis, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, will reflect on future challenges for the field at 2 p.m. An international panel of experts will discuss landscape planning in Hungary and Portugal at 11 a.m., and the METLAND alumni will examine current practices in landscape planning at 2:30 p.m.

Fabos will deliver the symposium’s final remarks, during which he will outline his vision for a greenway network for New England, a project he intends to work on during his retirement from teaching. Greenway planning involves the protection and management of the fragile landscapes along rivers, streams, and coasts, and linking parks and open spaces with those areas in the creation of greenway networks. Fabos is a well-known authority in the field of greenway planning.

Following the symposium, a dinner and roast will be held in honor of Fabos at the Delaney House in Holyoke. Proceeds from that event will be used to support LARP. For information and registration for the symposium, interested persons may call Karen Becker at 413/545-6644. Reservations for the dinner may be made by calling Dale Morrow at the same number.