Roberto Burle Marx’s modernist color palette and organic forms are well-known in the landscape design profession, as is his horticultural research on native Brazilian flora. Recent publications have made Burle Marx’s lectures and speeches available in English, revealing his lesser-known political engagement in support of biodiversity and environmental protection.
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Learn about recent research and publications examining the importance of Roberto Burle Marx’s intellectual and activist positions as well as his approaches to the design of public urban parks. 2. Understand the political environment in which Burle Marx was engaged and his advocacy for the protection of natural and cultural landscapes, even during oppressive dictatorial political regimes. 3. Examine the relevance and timeliness of Roberto Burle Marx’s approach to political activism, cultural enrichment, and professional ethics as a landscape architect. 4. Discuss public landscape design and its didactic ecological role in the lives of urban citizens, as well as its capacity to create connections to landscapes beyond the urban realm.
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA; Gareth Doherty, ASLA; Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA; Brian Davis;
American Society of Landscape Architects