Join RMIT's Foundation and Landscape Architecture programs for a public lecture by Associate Professor Bradley Cantrell (Harvard Graduate School of Design).
In this talk, Cantrell introduces responsive technologies and their relationship to landscape and environmental space as a new approach for challenging static design solutions.
Landscape architecture has seen a paradigm shift in the last two decades, requiring designers to respond to the dynamic and temporal qualities of landscape both through formal solutions and through methods of distanced authorship. A technological ability to sense and respond to environmental phenomena invites new ways to understand, interpret, experience, and interact with the landscape.
Cantrell addresses important aspects, particularly in reference to our relationship to the design of systems that focus predominantly on control. How might we leverage the potential of data‐gathering, analysis and visualisation tools to improve a community's sense of the challenges, risks and opportunities facing it, and support it in the aim of autonomous self‐governance? How might we use networked technologies to further the prerogatives so notably absent from the smart‐city paradigm, particularly those having to do with solidarity, mutuality and collective action?
About the speaker
Associate Professor Bradley Cantrell is an RMIT International Visiting Fellow for 2016. He is Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology and Director of Master in Landscape Architecture Degree Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is the winner of the 2014 Garden Club of America Rome Prize and a 2014 TED Global Fellow. He has published two co-authored books that focus on digital representation techniques specific to the profession of landscape architecture. His most recent book Responsive Landscapes (Routledge, 2015), co-authored with Justine Holzman, highlights a range of case studies in architecture, landscape architecture, computer science, and art that employ responsive technologies as mediators of landscape processes.