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Susannah Drake / DLANDstudio

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
September 21, 2016 - 5:30pm

Susannah Drake will present a lecture titled "Creation of 21st Century Public Infrastructure: Beauty, Economics, Politics, Ecology" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m., September 21, 2016. The talk is free and open to the public. Drake is the principal of DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture, an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm based in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a former President and Trustee of the New York ASLA and former Trustee of the Van Alen Institute.

DLANDstudio is the recipient of national and International urban design awards from the AIA, ASLA and Chicago Athenaeum, among others. As one of very few designers of her generation with professional design qualifications in architecture and landscape architecture, Drake paved the way for more synthetic thinking about urban ecological infrastructure.

Drake is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the James Marston Fitch Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Center for Architecture for research on campus landscapes and large scale urban infrastructure projects. She is the author of “Elastic Landscape: Seeding Ecology in Public Space & Urban Infrastructure” which was recently published in the collection of essays entitled Infrastruktururbanismus.

Drake received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College in 1987 and Master in Architecture and Master in Landscape Architecture degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1995.

About "Creation of 21st Century Public Infrastructure"

Like many cities around the world, New York was settled because of its strategic position in relation to natural geography. Physical conditions of the landscape facilitated access, resource extraction, management and trade. Almost 400 years after its founding, the shape of the landscape has been transformed in relation to economic, technological, and cultural forces. Filling in swamps and shallow coastlines, managing clean and dirty water, dredging rivers, developing industrial canals, constructing transportation systems--including elevators, roads, train lines, and airports--all created forms of infrastructure that enabled increased development and density. The systems that shape our city often serve a singular purpose solving a limited set of problems in a very utilitarian manner. Land is scarce and valuable, so the repurposing of the newly valued territory created by singularly functioning or defunct infrastructure presents the next frontier in urban design.