The University of Massachusetts Amherst

JUXTOPOS: Landscape Narratives (Un)represented

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
John W. Olver Design Building Lecture Hall

Juxtopos—contrasting lands—the (un)represented landscapes that are overlooked, forgotten, and misunderstood. Their value is determined in relationship to the widely accepted, mainstream practices that underwrite contemporary discourse in landscape architecture. In the wake of social, political, and environmental upheaval, how can we reevaluate biases, disciplinary blind spots, and traditional values within the global community of landscape agents?

This presentation questions these marginalized narratives and contextualizes them throughout Samantha Solano's background, teaching, and research. Solano will cover her work on global aridity and water-scare landscapes that are under immense threat due to climatic pressures and growth. Solano will present her research on the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) annual professional awards that uncovers the spatial realities of recognized landscape architecture. And, Solano will share the Visualizing Equity in landscape Architecture (VELA) project that reveals the spatial temporal relationships of gender equity throughout the various career stages in landscape architecture.

Samantha Solano is assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the co-coordinator of the interdisciplinary UNLV Urban Futures Lab.