PhD Seminar with Carl Steinitz – On Geodesign, and implications of size, scale, time and complexity on research and practice

It is believed that the world will be profoundly changed in the next 50 years, and it will be much different from how it works today. This process of transformation presents an enormously important set of questions for the academic community: How do we transform our pedagogic and research strategies so that our current and future students are prepared to manage these expected and unexpected transformations? What do we have to do differently so that our students will be prepared to work in multidisciplinary collaboration with others, in a set of problems which increasingly will interact from global to local to global to local in iterative ways, and in an increasingly uncertain yet increasingly digital environment? And if we do not adapt our pedagogies and research, are we inevitably limiting the future work of our current and future students to minor roles in these important transformations? This keynote talk will directly address these questions. Size, scale, time and complexity matter.

Carl Steinitz, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Emeritus at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

Prof. Carl Steinitz has devoted much of his academic and professional career to improving methods for designing conservation and development in highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change. In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his “extraordinary contribution to environmental design education” and for his “pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment.” In 1996 he received the annual “Outstanding Practitioner Award” from the International Society of Landscape Ecology. Professor Steinitz is the principal author of “Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes”, Island Press, 2003, and author of “A Framework for Geodesign”, Esri Press, 2012. He has lectured and given workshops at more than 180 universities, and has several international honors, and is co-founder of the International Geodesign Collaboration.

Join this seminar on Zoom

  • All PolyU PhD students are welcome.
  • This seminar, hosted on Zoom Meeting, allows only authenticated users (i.e. Zoom logged-in users).
  • Event registration is required (click HERE). Registrants will receive a reading list prior to this seminar.