Charles Waldheim / Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Landscape as Urbanism
April 25, 2012 - 5:30pm

Charles Waldheim will present a lecture entitled "Landscape as Urbanism" in Knowlton Hall's Gui Auditorium at 5:30PM on Wednesday, April 25. This lecture is free and open to the public, and has been approved for one Learning Unit of continuing education credit for AIA members. AIA member attendees will receive credit if they sign the AIA Course Attendance Form (include AIA membership number, name and e-mail address) located outside of the main entrance to the Gui Auditorium.

Charles Waldheim is Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.  Waldheim’s research focuses on landscape architecture in relation to contemporary urbanism. He coined the term "landscape urbanism" to describe emerging landscape design practices in the context of North American urbanism. He has written extensively on the topic and edited The Landscape Urbanism Reader. Citing the city of Detroit as the most legible example of urban industrial economy in North America, Waldheim is editor of CASE: Lafayette Park Detroit and co-editor, with Jason Young and Georgia Daskalakis, of Stalking Detroit. On the history and future of Chicago urbanism, he is author of Constructed Ground and co-editor, with Katerina Ruedi Ray, of Chicago Architecture and Urbanism: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives. He is currently writing the first book-length history of Chicago’s OHare International Airport, entitled Chicago O’Hare: A Natural and Cultural History. His writing has also appeared in Landscape Journal, Topos, Log, Praxis, 306090, Canadian Architect, Dimensions, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Waldheim was formerly Director of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Toronto. He has lectured on landscape and contemporary urbanism across North America, Europe, and Australasia. He has taught as a visiting faculty member at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rice University, is an honorary member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, and in 2006 was recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome.