Nicholas Pevzner / University of Pennsylvania

Review Space / Knowlton Hall
March 2, 2018 - 12:30pm

Nicholas Pevzner will present the lecture “Territories of Extraction: Socio-spatial Battlegrounds of the Clean Energy Transition” in the Knowlton Hall Review Space at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2. Pevzner's visit is being supported by The Ohio State University Subsurface Energy Resource Center - SERC. SERC contributes to the knowledge of subsurface resource development and its associated environmental issues. The center has recently launched an interdisciplinary lecture series intended to bring together students, faculty and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines engaged in subsurface resource development and its related ecological, political, and cultural affects.

about the lecture

The design of infrastructure is an act of regional cartography and territorial reorganization — one that is inherently political, ushering in new configurations of economy, ecology and settlement. In order to meet this century’s defining challenge of averting catastrophic climate change, we will need to see dramatic reorganization of practically every aspect of the energy system — from energy generation, to transmission, to consumption, to storage — changes that will entail transformation of vast landscapes and territories. They will face inevitable pushback from both local stakeholders and entrenched players. What is the role of landscape design in building consensus for the energy transition, in catalyzing new coalitions, and communicating environmental tradeoffs? Amid a fractured political landscape, how can designers begin to envision a new generation of energy landscapes, anchored on hybrid narratives of economic development, energy abundance, and environmental stewardship?

Nicholas Pevzner is a senior lecturer in landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design where, for the last 5 years, he has been teaching landscape studios on the role of energy systems in landscape design, as well as courses in urban design and urban ecology. He is co-editor of Scenario Journal, an interdisciplinary digital publication that strives to bridge the con­versations in design, planning, engineering, and ecology. He has degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. Prior to teaching at Penn, he worked as a landscape designer at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, a landscape architecture practice in New York City.