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What Not To Do: Reconsidering the Urban Landscapes of the Great Lakes Region

Monday, June 24, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Gaines Hall, Room 101

Montana State University, School of Architecture, is proud to present Sean Burkholder, who will present his lecture "What Not to Do: Reconsidering the Urban Landscapes of the Great Lakes Region" on Monday, June 24th at 5:30 p.m., in Gaines Hall, Room 101. In his evening lecture, Mr. Burkholder will be lecturing on urban landscapes in flux. Understanding these continually transitioning areas as the products of forces and systems that reach far beyond them provides insight in to how they can be more strategically engaged. As the largest surficial fresh water resource in the world, the Great Lakes provide a unique laboratory to study the interface between anthropologic infrastructure regimes and ecological systems. In many places, the near-defunct industrial skeleton of the region exists as a complex collection of toxins, architectural detritus and residue. However, over time these landscapes are bombarded by rapidly evolving ecological systems, propagating new interfaces that carry the potential to be valuable public spaces. This lecture will explore these novel interfaces and present them as unique and necessary conditions for design intervention.

Sean Burkholder is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Pennsylvania State University. Sean has spent the last decade dealing with projects of particular relevance to the Great Lakes region including urban vacancy, infrastructural re-purposing and dredge material management. This work has come in the form of published research, design projects, public engagement and instructed student work. Prof. Burkholder also teaches courses in digital design and fabrication which explore the performance aspects of surface and terrain. He holds a degree in Architecture from Miami University and a Masters Degree of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The presentation is part of the School of Architecture's Summer Lecture Series and is made possible through generous contributions by members of the School of Architecture's Advisory Council, and gifts through the Montana State University Foundation.

For questions regarding this event, please contact:

Sharon Matney