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Urban Landscapes: Mary Ann Ray and Noriyuki Tajima


Location: Architecture Hall 147

Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

Critical Practice in a Globalizing World - Part 2: Borders & Networks URBAN LANDSCAPES

A reception at 6:30 will precede talk. “The network is a structure in which two orders exist: the local and the global. The two are equally important to the perfect functioning of the system.” Manuel Gausa, 2003

CONTEXT: Since 1950 the percentage of the world's population living in urban areas has increased from 30% to 50% and is expected to reach 60% by 2030. This shift in population is accompanied by an increase in standards of living that also impact issues of resource management, preservation, public health, and climate change. As a consequence, once marginalized notions of sustainability have taken center stage and "sustainability" is the subject of evolving definitions ranging from technical concerns for energy efficiency to social and cultural continuity. Today states, municipalities, and institutions along the western edge of the US-Mexican and US-Canadian borders have implemented guidelines for sustainable development as they focus on their regions as transnational entities characterized by common cultural, geological, ecological, and climatic patterns.

GOAL: In this context, it is the objective of the conference to analyze and discuss the Pacific Corridor and the Pacific South- and Northwest as a sustainable network of (1) border crossings allowing for transnational cooperation, (2) environmental infrastructures such as water resources and energy generation and (3) urban landscapes fusing natural and cultural geographies.