Tuesday, June 30 2020
Over the last century, urban development has had a devastating impact on local ecologies and contributed to broad declines in global wildlife populations. This session, “Landscape as Habitat: Planting for the Birds and the Bees,” will draw on Landscape Architecture Bureau’s (LAB) ongoing exploration and implementation of sustainable design practices to strengthen local ecosystems and contribute to urban biodiversity. LAB Principal, Joe Chambers, ASLA will discuss how these new regenerative approaches address environmental concerns such as food chain degradation and the decline of insect populations while building healthy and more resilient urban landscapes.
Presented by: Joe Chambers
Joe Chambers, ASLA, is a licensed Landscape Architect with over twenty-five years of experience making cities more livable and ecologically sustainable. After studying architecture at the University of Virginia and landscape architecture at Harvard, Joe worked for some years in Cambridge, MA, New York, Boston and Washington, DC. Joe has taught throughout his career, including full time at Penn State and Rutgers Universities. Recently, he has been exploring how urban landscapes can mimic native plant communities to make cities greener and more resilient in the face of environmental change. He joined LAB in 2014 and became a principal in 2017.
At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Summarize how the Landscape Architecture Bureau has been implementing sustainable design practices and the positive results;
Identify the ways in which these sustainable design practices strengthen local ecosystems and urban biodiversity;
Identify challenges confronting these approaches, including food chain degradation and declining insect populations; and
Summarize the positive effects and benefits of these new approaches on producing more resilient urban landscapes and a better environment for all.