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Professor Steinitz on eight basic ways of designing large geographic areas Posted: 30/01/2011

Carl Steinitz diagram on ways of designingEmeritus Professor Carl Steinitz from the Graduate School of design at Harvard University presented the 5th of URSULA's seminar series, with an excellent talk that maintained the high standard of the series so far. Steinitz described eight basic ways of designing landscapes at medium scale; smaller than a region, but bigger than a site. Having had a long and illustrious career in landscape design, Steinitz drew examples from a wealth of projects from across the globe that he was personally involved in to illustrate the eight approaches. Thought provoking, the talk also covered philosophical aspects of landscape design, including the world view designers bring as baggage from their academic training. For those who missed the talk, or would like to hear it again, a similar presentation was recorded at the 2010 GeoDesign Summit, and can be watched here.
To listen to the previous URSULA seminar series presentation, a webcast is also available of Pete Worrall from Penny Anderson Associates' fascinating presentation on The Mersey Life Project. Simply click this link and the slides and audio presentation will play automatically. The talk provides an introduction to The Mersey Life Project, a catchment-wide restoration project aiming to improve the Mersey for people an wildlife. Pete provides the perspective of a consultant who was extensively involved in the project, and covers some of the issues facing the restoration of a heavily degraded and urbanised catchment. This presentation is well worth a listen for anyone who wants to know what made the Mersey Life Project so successful.