Landscape architects lead discussion on climate conscious design and planning at CSLA Congress
(OTTAWA) – May 12th, 2014 – From May 29th to 31st, 2014, 200 landscape architects will meet in at the Canadian Society of Landscape Architect’s Congress to focus on the impact of climate change on our landscapes. The theme of the 2014 Congress, climates | transforming | landscapes, focuses on the role of adaptive planning and design in advancing resilience and preparedness in landscapes in communities faced with the challenge of changing climate.
Several DIALOG designers including Alec Hay and Craig Applegath will address the congress this year; Hay on the topic of The Public Realm in Resilient Communities and Applegath on How Smart, Regenerative Cities Might Save the Planet.
Landscape architecture in Canada has played an integral role in the conservation of the Canadian environment and in the development of Canadian communities. It falls to the profession of landscape architecture to provide leadership in all aspects of management, planning and design that mitigates the onset of a changing climate, protects our natural environment and assists our communities in adapting to our changing circumstances. Landscape architects work to accommodate both the needs of human society and the natural environment, respecting the cultural landscapes of the past, and planning sustainably for the future.
In addition to a series of papers being presented at Congress, two keynote speakers will also take the stage on the issue of climate change:
- David Phillips, a Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada who frequently appears on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters, and
- Andrew Weaver, one of the world’s foremost climate scientists and a leading expert on global warming.
The objectives of the Congress are to encourage landscape architects to integrate options to mitigate and/or to adapt to climate change within their design projects and short and long-term planning recommendations and to initiate collaborative action amongst the related planning and design professions of Canada.
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