Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, MIT
Walker Ames Endowment Lecture
May 14th, 2013 | 6:30pm
Kane Hall, Room 110
Restoring Mill Creek: Reflections on 26 Years of Action Research in an Inner-City Neighborhood
The West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP) has integrated action research, urban design, environmental sustainability, and community engagement since 1987. WPLP has built real projects in partnership with community residents. It inspired middle schoolers to design changes to their neighborhood and taught them HTML in order to tell their story on the Internet. It transformed their chronically failing school. It forged relationships between inner-city kids and privileged university students. And it started a chain of events that contributed to a revolution in water-quality management represented by Philadelphia’s billion-dollar “green” infrastructure project.
Anne Whiston Spirn is an award-winning author and distinguished landscape architect, photographer, teacher, and scholar. Her work is devoted to promoting life-sustaining communities: places that are functional, sustainable, meaningful, and artful, places that help people feel and understand the relationship of the natural and built worlds.
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