Talk 1: “BA…or BS: Landscape Architecture” by Landon Young
Landscape architects can be found doing many things – designing human spaces, curating culture, restoring habitat, creating art, the list goes on. We are criticized for trying to be engineers, architects, horticulturalists, artists, and planners. Yet with education shifting to interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial thinking, this Jack-of-all-trades discipline facilitates the human-centered design skills and systems thinking critical for success. In this talk, Landon describes his unusual journey from traditional practice to genetic engineering, organic agriculture, and tech entrepreneurship in Africa.
Landon Young is Director of Creativity and Innovation at William Jewell College, a National Science Foundation Fellow, a Kauffman Global Scholar, and Curator for the World Economic Forum. Landon earned a B.S. in Landscape Architecture, M.S. in Interdisciplinary Ecological Science and Engineering, and is currently pursuing a PhD from Purdue University.
Talk 2 by Siqi Zhu
Siqi Zhu is an urban designer and technologist whose work focuses on using place-based design and development strategies to improve challenging urban conditions and devising alternative methods of analysis, ideation, and communication to enhance that process. Currently a senior designer at Utile, a Boston-based architecture and urban planning practice, his notable projects include the Boston Complete Streets. Previously, he was a research fellow at MIT Senseable City lab, where he lead data visualization projects for corporate and institutional partners. He also completed a major interactive exhibit for the Singapore National Museum that explored the use of an universal “data browser” to narrate dynamic urban conditions. He hopes to bring some of the analysis and communication potential of the data visualization field back into the practice of urban design.