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"Maintaining Resilient and Enduring Urban Places in the Age of Climate Change"

Event Details

October 1, 2020
4:00 pm-5:00 pm


Free admission
Stacy Richardson

"Maintaining Resilient and Enduring Urban Places in the Age of Climate Change," a Zube Lecture by Forster Ndubisi, FCELA, FASLA, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University.

Thursday, 10/01/2020. 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST. 
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Landscapes serve as life-support systems for people and other organisms but continue to degrade, especially in the era of climate change, even as promising solutions are offered. This presentation introduces a cohesive body of evidence-based ideas for creating and maintaining resilient and regenerative urban places. The ideas include designing for change and uncertainty, putting ecological thinking into practice, adopting resilience thinking and practice, embracing regional thinking and action, conserving ecosystem services, embracing regeneration, adopting performancebased practices, and sustaining places. The presentation concludes by arguing that the effectiveness of the ideas is lodged in the synergistic interaction among the ideas.

Forster Ndubisi, Ph.D., MLA, FCELA, FASLA is a professor and former head of the department of landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A & M University. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center. He holds degrees in zoology, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. His teaching, research and practice focus on ecological-oriented design and planning, community planning and design, smart growth, and sustainable regionalism. He has served as a town planning and landscape architecture consultant to many communities and agencies in Canada, USA, Nigeria, and Kenya. The awards Ndubisi received include the Council of Educator of Landscape Architecture President's Award (1993) and Georgia President's Award for Excellence in Professional Achievement (1994). He is the author of Ecological Planning: A Historical and Comparative Account (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), winner of the Choice Best Academic Title award in 2003. His most recent book, Ecological Thinking in Practice, is in press.

The Zube Lecture Series is named for Erv Zube, former head of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from 1974 to 1980. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. Erv and his wife Margaret endowed at UMass in 2004 to “bring scholars to the department to stimulate and enrich our academic community in landscape architecture and planning." The Zube endowment has been supported generously by alumni, students and faculty.