General Sessions


Geodesign and the Emerging GIS Platform

8:00 - 9:00 am

Jack Dangermond

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that a mapping and analysis framework could help us design a better future. Over the past four decades, the field of geography has come alive with the development of GIS. While landscape architects have been fascinated by GIS from the beginning, costs and other obstacles have limited its widespread deployment, particularly in smaller firms. Mr. Dangermond will explore how cloud computing, portable devices, web maps, real-time data, GPS, and other technology trends can provide enormous opportunities for landscape architecture professionals to be a more effective force in conserving nature, making cities more livable, integrating open spaces into urban design, and designing with nature.

Featured Speakers: Jack Dangermond, ASLA, Suzanne Foss, and Eric Wittner, Esri

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Biophilic Design: People and Nature in the Modern World

8:00 - 9:00 am

Dr. Stephen R. Kellert

Our connection to the natural world is part of our biological inheritance. Dr. Stephen R. Kellert, a pioneer in biophilia, will set forth an account of nature’s powerful influence on the quality of our lives. Weaving scientific findings together with personal experiences and perspectives, Dr. Kellert explores how our humanity is deeply contingent on the quality of our connections to the natural world. He is the Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. An award-winning author, educator, and environmental scientist, Dr. Kellert has written more than 150 books and articles and has also completed a 60-minute documentary video, “Biophilic Design: the Architecture of Life.”

Featured Speaker: Dr. Stephen R. Kellert, Yale University




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