Beirut, New York and Rio de Janeiro
Due to social demands and complexity, landscape field have, progressively, opening its operation and its scale as a design activity and disciplinary subject. Traditionally is associated to the gardens’ history. However is defined modernly as a complex discipline because of the addition of new categories of analyses and design possibilities in a scale never seen before.
The deepening of the ecological issues and the compromise with an environmental aesthetic are challenging the contemporary landscape discipline. For those professionals and researchers, landscape cannot be seen as a product, but as a continuing process. This process is part of an evolutive operation between space and time. For them it is interesting the research about sustainable technologies, projects that addresses ecological regenerative practices and the city seen as an ecosystem.
From this perspective, the New Borders for Landscape lecture invites SCAPE Studio, L.E.FT and EMBYÁ to show through their design practices strategies to benefit from nature as a landscape and geopolitical tool.
Master in Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design from Harvard University. Kate Orff is a landscape architect, founder and design director of SCAPE studio. She is also director of the Urban Design Program at the Columbia University GSAPP, co-author of Petrochemical America and co-editor of Gateway: Visions for an urban National Park. Her essays have appeared in numerous journals and she was named in many awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture.
Pierre studied sciences related to Landscape and Territory during 6 years in France, he works like landscape designer and ambientalist since 15 years in countries like Brazil, France, Italy, United States, Canada, Peru and Angola. He is a landscape/architecture professor and co-coordinator of the postgraduation course “Ecological Landscape: Design and Planning of the Landscape” at PUC-Rio. Pierre is also co-founder of EMBYÁ Paisagens & Ecossistemas.
Bachelor in Architecture by the American University of Beirut in 1995, where he won the Areen Award for excellence in design. He received his Masters degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1999. The same year, Jamaleddine joined Steven Holl Architects, winner of the National AIA Design award in 2003 and the New York AIA award in 2002. He was also the project designer for the Beirut Marina project to revitalizate the Beirut downtown. He currently teaches graduate studio at Columbia University's GSAPP.