DesignWeek 2018 | Lecture + Panel Discussion
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DesignWeek 2018 | Lecture + Panel Discussion
January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
DesignWeek 2018: Envisioning the Neuse River Watershed: Systemic Design Solutions for Healthy & Resilient Communities
DATE: January 9, 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Burns Auditorium
LECTURE + PANEL DISCUSSION: Public Welcome
Mark Johnson, FASLA (Keynote Presenter) is a leading designer and thought leader who has spearheaded Civitas’ most challenging projects. Since co-founding Civitas in 1984 Mark has led major public space projects, urban design plans and strategies, and has become widely known for his impact on several cities, on education, and on the role that landscape architect can play in leading complex projects to successful results. He is a natural communicator who has led many communities through challenging programming and design conditions and he has established Civitas as a leading firm on a national and international level. Mark is a regular lecturer at AIA, ASLA, APA, ULI events and a participant in many issue-driven symposia around the world, notably the International Academy of Design and Health, with whom he has lectured in North America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia on the role of community design in promoting public health. He has been on many design juries for national awards and competitions, was Chair of the Editorial Committee of Landscape Architecture Magazine, and is a founder of the CEO Roundtable, an independent association of the leaders of the top landscape firms in the world that has met bi-annually for more than 15 years to assess impacts and trends in the profession.
Andy Fox, ASLA, PLA is a landscape architect, Associate Professor, and University Faculty Scholar in the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab, an interdisciplinary research and design initiative housed within the NC State College of Design that addresses critical ecological and community development challenges in coastal regions. His teaching, research, and engagement focus includes development and management of high-performing public landscapes, low impact development strategies, and construction detailing and implementation.
Gavin Smith, Ph.D., AICP is a Research Professor and Director of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina Department of City and Regional Planning. His research interests include hazard mitigation, planning for post-disaster recovery, and climate change adaptation. Translational activities include advising international, federal, state and local governments on a number of issues including the linkage between sustainable development and risk reduction, pre- and postdisaster policymaking, and improving the nexus between disaster management initiatives and emerging climate change adaptation measures.
David Hill, AIA is an architect, Professor, and Head of the NC School of Architecture. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab, an interdisciplinary research and design initiative housed within the NC State College of Design that addresses critical ecological and community development challenges in coastal regions. His teaching and research focus on design for coastal regions, integrative digital simulation processes, and architectural prototype design and production in contemporary practice.
Barbara Doll, Ph.D. is a licensed professional engineer and Extension Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist and a Water Protection and Restoration Specialist with NC Sea Grant Program. with over 20 years of experience in ecological restoration in NC State University’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. She teaches professional development workshops and academic courses in fluvial geomorphology and ecological restoration. She has secured and managed more than $7 million in external funding to implement water quality and restoration demonstration projects and conduct research at NC State University.
John Classen, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in NC State University’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. His research focuses on animal waste management, bioresource recovery and sustainable food production and distribution.
DesignWeek is part of the Department of Landscape Architecture’s annual interdisciplinary education initiative aiming to raise interest in:
- Creating healthier and resilient communities, while providing the opportunity to live healthy lifestyles;
- Improving development patterns to reduce environmental harm;
- Increasing awareness of the need for strategic design solutions to environmental and social challenges in the Piedmont and Coastal region of North Carolina.
The program, in its second year, frames a dialogue in a creative problem-solving model and includes research, reflection and speculation by all participants. It enables this process by hosting a weeklong event that brings together designers, planners, engineers, policy experts, and community members to begin the design dialogue necessary to frame our directions, and to engage the creativity of our students in the interest of visualizing solutions and strategies.
DesignWeek 2018 builds upon the momentum from last year’s inaugural event that focused on the three eastern North Carolina communities flooded during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. This year the program will focus on the Neuse River Watershed addressing the issues distinctive to each of the three sub-regions identified along the basin: Upper, Middle, Lower. This year’s effort will aim to envision the future of the Neuse River watershed and the development of new environmental design strategies for creating healthier and resilient communities. The goal is to convene conversations about how design can respond to the effects that urban growth, intensive land use practices, and climate change are having on our communities and shared water resources. The Neuse River watershed is experiencing increased pollution in drinking water supplies, increasing stormwater and nutrient pollution flowing into watersheds, rising sea levels, and the increased likelihood of extreme weather events and floods. It is clear that future development in urban and rural communities throughout the Neuse River watershed must utilize systemic design thinking across disciplines in order to model design strategies that will sustain healthy watersheds and communities in the face of increasing population, demand for more development, and environmental pressures.
The DesignWeek 2018 program has recently been awarded with $25,000 seed-funding received from NC State Foundation Inc. The funds will be used for field trips, project materials, lecturers, video documentation, printing, and post-event project documentation.