Resilient Places and People

THU, SEP 20, 2018

“Breathing Room: Mapping Boston’s Green Spaces,” an exhibition now on view at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, presents an array of historical maps that display Boston’s great tradition of understanding open space as a vital resource for the city and for the region.

Access. Equity. Climate Change. As Boston grapples with the pressing issues of our time, it is essential to recognize the critical role landscape plays in the creation of resilient places. Boston is experiencing higher seas, warmer temperatures, and stronger storms. As they accommodate more water and heat, today’s landscapes must be both functional and beautiful.In partnership with the Leventhal Center, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and NBBJ are hosting a conversation discussing and debating what our priorities should be as we build upon this legacy and look ahead.

Photo: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

+ BIO: Kalila Barnett

Kalila joined Barr as the Climate Resilience Program Officer in 2018. Kalila has over a decade of experience in community organizing around affordable housing, land development, and environmental justice. She served as the Executive Director at Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) for eight years. Before joining ACE in 2009, she worked as a Senior Organizer at Community Labor United. Kalila has a Bachelor's degree from Bates College, where she studied American Studies and Spanish, and a Master of Public Policy from the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning School at Tufts University.

+ BIO: Bryna Lipper

Bryna Lipper has held leadership roles in government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations dedicated to advancing the quality of urban life. As cofounder and senior vice president for 100 Resilient Cities, she led the formation of its urban resilience practice and global network to enable cities to adapt to 21st century challenges.

+ BIO: Chris Reed

Chris Reed is the founding director of Stoss and Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is also the co-editor of Projective Ecologies and a member of Van Alen Institute's Climate Council.

Photo: Chris Reed on Twitter

+ BIO: Brian Swett

Experience in climate change and sustainability planning, real estate, government (City of Boston, U.S. EPA and U.S. Senate), environmental nonprofits, socially responsible investing, and strategy consulting.

+ BIO: Ellen Watts

Ellen Watts, AIA, LEED AP is a driving force behind Architerra's innovative sustainable design practice, bringing a focused, multi-disciplinary approach to Architerra's creative enterprise. In addition to her role as Architerra co-founder and co-manager, Ellen shares responsibility for designing and delivering award-winning projects.

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