LAM Lecture: Landscape as Chromatic Relationships

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The Landscape Architecture Magazine Lecture Series brings together design professionals, educators, and thinkers in conversation around provocative issues in the field of landscape architecture.

Gareth Doherty's talk will discuss color and landscape as relating to two recent projects. First, drawing from ethnographic fieldwork, Doherty will explores the landscapes of the city-state of Bahrain, where green represents a plethora of implicit human values and exists in dialectical tension with other culturally and environmentally significant colors and hues. Second, the talk will touch upon the work of Roberto Burle Marx, the acclaimed Brazilian landscape architect, who saw color as among the most important elements a landscape architect can work with.

Gareth Doherty is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Senior Research Associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he is also Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program. He is author of, Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, published in 2017 by the University of California Press. Previous publications include, Is Landscape…? Essays on the Identity of Landscape, edited with Charles Waldheim (Routledge, 2016); and Ecological Urbanism, edited with Mohsen Mostafavi, (Lars Müller Publishers, 2010, revised in 2016). Doherty is a founding editor of the New Geographies journal and editor-in-chief of New Geographies 3: Urbanisms of Color. His latest book, Roberto Burle Marx Lectures: Landscape as Art and Urbanism will be published by Lars Müller Publishers in late fall, 2017.
Washington, DC
Distance Learning
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Development Trends
Energy Conservation / Renewable Energy
Green Roofs
Horticulture / Plants
Parks & Recreation
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Understand how color in the landscape affects the goals of sustainability in urbanism.
2. Discern the instrumental social and spatial qualities that color brings to landscape design.
3. Differentiate sympathetic versus dissonant colorways in urban landscapes at a variety of scales.
Gareth Doherty, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Senior Research Associate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
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