Director, Landscape Architect West 8 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
An unspoken design “sameness” pervades the profession, from representation used to depict ideas, to the aesthetics of spaces, to the narratives we tell. Through reflections on design processes and case studies, participants will learn how designers can buck the trend, reinvigorating the practice with fresh ideas and diverse design approaches.
Acknowledge the aesthetic homogeneity in our practice and identify the root causes of this phenomenon.
Reflect upon how personal experiences, cultural biases, and our consumption of imagery through social media and other outlets may shape our perceptions of beauty.
Outline possible negative impacts on community stakeholders, the landscape architect, and the profession as a whole if this trajectory continues.
Learn about built and unbuilt projects that demonstrate how contextual inspiration and unorthodox design processes can lead to imaginative and novel ideas.