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In a world that with sharp divisions, landscape architecture is a powerful tool to marry social and ecological justice. It has the capacity to address the most pressing and fundamental problems facing the world today, amongst which are climate change, water and food security and deforestation. Landscape architecture must set the boundaries for policy makers and orient social movements. Bold and inspired projects can lead policy and point the way for future developments. The political agency of the profession must be forcibly reactivated and the power of landscape architecture engaged to be a game changer in reshaping ecological systems and transforming forms of responsible living. Join Professor Kelly Shannon in a vibrant inquiry on the polymathic potential of land-scaping.
Shannon Kelly, Professor of Architecture and Spatial Sciences
Kelly Shannon is Professor of Architecture and Spatial Sciences and Director of the Graduate Program of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism, School of Architecture. Kelly has held teaching positions in Europe, Asia and in the United States and has lectured throughout the world. Her design research is at the intersection of interpretative mapping, projective cartography, urbanism and landscape. Her teaching, research and practice engages numerous contexts (Belgium, Estonia, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Morocco, etc.), primarily in the public sector, focused on the development of robust landscape structures as a form of resilience to deal with contemporary design challenges at the territorial and urban design scales. Kelly is also co-founder of Research Urbanism and Architecture (RUA) whose projects include the master plan revision for Cantho, Vietnam approved by the Prime Minister. She co-edits the book series UFO: Explorations of Urbanism, is co-editor of the Journal of Landscape Architecture, and co-authored The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure.