Grounding the Green New Deal: A Summit on Design, Policy, and Advocacy

April 9, 12-5pm*  National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC *Doors open at 11am for pre-event exhibit and networking. There will be a post-summit reception until 7pm.

More panelists confirmed! Hear from influential leaders working on issues of climate and equity: Bryan Lee Jr, Kate Orff, Colette Pichon Battle, Nikil Saval, Billy Fleming, Dana Bourland, Anne Whiston Spirn, and more.

There is an essential role for the built environment disciplines to play in addressing the climate crisis and translating the goals of decarbonization, jobs, and justice into on-the-ground practices and built works. Through panel discussions with leading changemakers, this summit examines the intersection of policy, design, and advocacy to identify ways to accelerate individual and collective actions to effect change. The summit builds from the Green New Deal Superstudio, a year-long open call which attracted the participation of more than 3,000 students and practitioners in the built environment disciplines. Some 670 design and planning projects were submitted to give form to the goals of the movement-led vision, and a select set will be on display during the event.

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UNDOCU WEEK

Undocu Week
Leadership Without Borders
March 7-11, 2022 | 5-7 PM

Undocu Week is hosted by Leadership Without Borders (LWB) and consists of a series of weeklong events that provide knowledge, resources and more to the UW community and beyond! This is the week’s itinerary—all events will be from 5-7pm in the ECC Unity Suite!

There will be fun prizes at select events that include Undocu Week swag, music, food and more! We welcome everyone to join us as immigration is an intersectional issue that impacts ALL communities. Keep an eye out for more information about each even on Instagram. We can’t wait to see you all, come join us!

CALL for Applications: Drawing in Design Spring Workshop (due Friday 3/18)

DRAWING IN DESIGN WORKSHOP

APRIL 22 – 24, 2022

Drawing offers a practice for thinking and an important mode of communicating ideas in design. Since 2016 the Department of Landscape Architecture, in collaboration with our professional partners, has convened a quarterly series of public lectures and weekend workshops for students that focus on representation in design.

This quarter we will be led by Milenko Matanovic (https://www.milenko-art.com)

We will draw to keep our minds, eyes, and hands coordinated. We will render the first line, then the second line, and so on. We will try to capture our admirations for what enchants us. We will start with an open mind, release expectations, remember the qualities we care about, and take one step at a time. I hope that you will find joy and grow trust.
The workshop will convene the weekend of April 22-24.  To enroll in this workshop you must be available for the entire weekend, from 5:00 pm on Friday, April 22 to 1:30 pm Sunday, April 24, 2022.
SIGN UP by FRIDAY MARCH 18th at: https://forms.gle/1KZk4mqoXKW42XrG6

If you have questions, please contact Ken Yocom at kyocom@uw.edu.Sponsored by UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Department of Landscape Architecture.

CALL FOR REVIEWERS – Empowering BIPOC Youth: Pathways to Sustainable Design Futures

This school year the Landscape Architecture Department received a SEED Grant to work with the youth of surrounding communities of the Duwamish River on a landscape architecture mock studio. The project outlines that UWASLA Youth Outreach Coordinator and volunteers will engage students around questions of public space, ecology, and social justice. The studio will serve as a space for youth to reflect on the traumatic effects of living near a Superfund Site while generating awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy community. The design studio will focus on Jack Block Park, located in West Seattle along the Duwamish Waterway. Through exploration, conversations, and design, students will begin to imagine the land and water’s potential. The project seeks to empower youth to reimagine a different, more equitable and just future through the lens of landscape architecture.

For the first cohort we worked with Proyecto Saber, which means Project to Know, is a class offered at Denny International Middle School, whose mission is explicitly committed to social change and decolonization through an ethnic studies lens. Student teachings include leadership skills, ethnic studies, academic support, and college readiness.

We are reaching out to current students and professionals to join us on the students final presentation day on March 18, 2022 between 8:30am-3:00pm at Denny International Middle School. Reviewers are asked to commit to class times (google form signup), as they will be changing every 50 minutes. The format of this event is a gallery walk where reviewers interact with students and leave comments on projects. As this is the first introduction and exposure to Landscape Architecture and design professionals for many of these students, we ask that reviewers support this exploratory phase by centering focus and curiosity on student priorities and interest.

What: Call for Reviewers

When: March 18, 2022 @8:30-3:00pm (1 hour commitment minimum – signup for time slots)

Where: Denny International Middle School – 2601 SW Kenyon St, Seattle, WA 98106

Why: To provide support and learn about youth interest and needs for their community.

How: Gallery walk style presentation for each class period (50 minutes), where reviewers are welcomed to interact and engage with students and projects. As reviewers you are welcomed to commit to the whole schedule or select times that work best for you (see google form)

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer please fill out the google form below. If you have any questions please contact Maria Arevalo at arevam@uw.edu

Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice

*Note: This is a presentation by Landscape Architecture Adjunct Assistant Professor Cleo.
 

Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice

Cleo Wölfle Hazard with Stephanie Clare
Friday, March 11, 2022, 7:30PM
The Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, Washington 98101
A livestream of this event will be available.

From the grasslands of the Columbia Plateau to the rich valleys west of the Cascade Mountains, There are over 70,000 miles of rivers in Washington state. Rivers are vital to our region’s ecosystems, hosting a wide diversity of living things in their waters and along their banks – our beautiful state would not be what it is without our waterways. How might we better understand rivers and ensure their vitality now, and in the future?

According to queer-trans-feminist river scientist Cleo Wölfle Hazard, the key to our rivers’ futures requires centering the values of justice, sovereignty, and dynamism. Wölfle Hazard’s new book, Underflow: Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice, meets at the intersection of river sciences, queer and trans theory, and environmental justice, and explores river cultures and politics at five sites of water conflict and restoration in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Incorporating work with salmon, beaver, and floodplain recovery projects, Wölfle Hazard weaves narratives about innovative field research practices with a queer and trans focus on love and grief for rivers and fish. Wölfle Hazard frames the book with the concept of underflows — important, but unseen parts of a river’s flow that seep down through the soil or rise up from aquifers deep underground. Wölfle Hazard explains that there are underflows in river cultures, sciences, and politics, too, where Native nations and marginalized communities fight to protect rivers.

In discussion with UW associate professor Stephanie Clare, Wölfle Hazard describes why rivers matter for queer and trans life and how science can disrupt settler colonialism.

Cleo Wölfle Hazard (he/him, ze/hir, they/them) is assistant professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, coauthor of Thirsty for Justice: A People’s Blueprint for California Water, and coeditor of Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.

The Forest History Society Presents:

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Bringing Nature to the City”
by Laurence Cotton
Monday, February 14th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Eastern
This 90 minute presentation is approved for 1.5 Units of CFE Credits from the Society of American Foresters. April 26, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the master designer of public parks and a founder of the field of landscape architecture. Join historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton (originator of and consulting producer to the PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America”) as he does a deep dive into the remarkable life and career of the Renaissance-man Olmsted–writer, philosopher, social reformer, advocate for the preservation of natural scenery, and creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of North America.  A practicing public historian, and writer/producer of historical films for PBS, Mr. Cotton was trained as a cultural anthropologist and brings that lens to bear on much of his work.  Enhance your webinar experience by watching the 55-minute PBS film “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” that Laurence consulted on, available through Amazon Prime Video or for free here: https://video.wned.org/video/wned-tv-history-frederick-law-olmsted-designing-america/

Design for the Common Good: Exhibition, Conference, Conversations

I am pleased to share details about a series of upcoming events in March on community and public interest design that you can join online. All are companion events for the current Design for the Common Good exhibition in Denver — https://www.msudenver.edu/cva/exhibitions/archive/design-for-the-common-good/
Structure for Inclusion Conference, March 4-5, 2022
Register (free if you register as a member of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/structures-for-inclusion-conference-2022-tickets-219964889907
Design for the Common Good Online Conversation I: March 3, 2022
Featuring speakers including Akiko Okabe from University of Tokyo and people behind projects from Mongolia, Australia, UK, Singapore, and Nepal.
Design for the Common Good Online Conversation II: March 19, 2022
Featuring speakers including Nabeel Hambi, author of Small Change, and people behind projects from Ghana, Ecuador, USA, and Germany.
The Pacific Rim Community Design Network, supported by the Urban Commons Lab, is a founding member of the Design for the Common Good Network — https://www.designforthecommongood.net/
See attached for additional details. Please mark your calendar and register soon!

FELLOWSHIP//Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Food Systems Fellowship

Apply by Dec. 1

The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Food Systems Fellowship is an intensive, one-year leadership development program offered through Acumen Academy, the world’s school for social change. The inaugural Food Systems Fellowship will introduce moral leadership concepts to a globally diverse cohort of 20 food systems leaders who are creating more inclusive, nourishing and regenerative food systems. With leading food systems facilitators, Fellows will participate in a blend of immersive seminars, workshops, and self-directed leadership experiments. The program will combine in-person and virtual learning over the course of the Fellowship year.

After Year 1 of the Fellowship, Food Systems Fellows will join Acumen’s global community of social innovators building a world without poverty and injustice.

Linda Milbourn Fellowship in Landscape Architecture

Application Deadline: October 31, 2021

The Linda Milbourn Fellowship in Landscape Architecture awards $5,000 per application cycle to one student enrolled in a college/university graduate-level program pursuing a degree in landscape architecture. Eligibility is open to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.

Applicant must demonstrate involvement in an experiential learning project (research, project, plan, or other direct impact/benefit) to a recognized Association member public garden, botanic garden, arboretum or other closely aligned public horticulture institution in the U.S.

  • Project must be coordinated between student, public garden project advisor, and college/university academic or faculty advisor
  • Fellowship recipients are responsible to secure/confirm the ability to conduct the project and/or utilize the garden(s) where it will be undertaken.
  • The project does not need to end before the term of the Fellowship but must begin to occur after the awardee is named.
Apply Now​​​​​​​