Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 2018

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52 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 7 8 U. of Pennsylvania Receives $1.25 Million Gift Barbara Wilks, founding principal at the Brooklyn- based firm W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, has recently donated $1.25 million to the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in order to fund the Wilks Family McHarg Center Directorship. The Center was named after the environmental planner and landscape architect Ian McHarg, who was chair of the landscape architecture department, as well as a professor, for more than three decades. An article found on design.upenn. edu states that "McHarg's Design With Nature (1969)… is widely considered one of the most important and influential books of its kind." Wilks, who studied with McHarg at the university in 1991, mentions that, "Ian's lessons have still not been absorbed— certainly not by the general public, and hardly by landscape architects. There's a tremendous need to help people understand that climate change is about much more than building walls around cities." Frederick Steiner, dean and professor at the university, states in an article found on the aforementioned website, "The McHarg Center has a major role to play in mitigating disasters and improving the quality of life for city dwellers around the world, and we're deeply grateful to the Wilks family for bringing that goal closer to reality." For more information, visit mcharg., or to support the Center's work, contact Jeffrey Snyder, assistant dean for development and alumni relations, at or by calling 215-898-8738. Julian Raxworthy Lecture on YouTube Julian Raxworthy, Overgrown: Practices between Landscape Architecture and Gardening, © 2018 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published by the MIT Press Dr. Julian Raxworthy is a landscape architect from Australia who graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2013 with a focus on the relationship between landscape architecture and gardening. According to his Academia profile, Raxworthy is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr. Raxworthy's recently published book, Overgrown; Practices Between Landscape Architecture and Gardening, calls for landscape architects to "leave the office and return to the garden," and was published by the MIT Press in October 2018. On November 2, 2018, the Cornell landscape architecture YouTube account released a one-hour and sixteen minute video of a lecture given by Dr. Raxworthy regarding his new book and some of its ideas. View the video in its entirety here, . Julian Raxworthy also gave a lecture, on the same topic, at the Pennsylvania State University's College of Arts and Architecture just a few days prior that was open to the public. No word was found on any up-coming lectures.

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