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Observations on Urban Nature
Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at the Arnold Arboretum, and Rosetta Elkin, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at McGill University, converse about the nature of urban environments. Peter will begin the program with a brief overview of the plant observations he makes in his book, Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast. Following this, Peter and Rosetta will discuss both ecological and design elements that come into play in the cities and suburbs that we call home. Up for discussion are the environments that humans intentionally and unintentionally create as we turn over more land to infrastructure and buildings while also increasing designed green spaces for human use. They will consider how nature is realized and imagined in the city and who it supports.
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Offered by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Dec 8, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Peter Del Tredici
Senior Research Fellow Emeritus @Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Peter Del Tredici's research interests primarily involve the interaction between woody plants and their environment. Over more than thirty years at the Arnold Arboretum, he has integrated various aspects of the botany and ecology of a given species with the horticultural issues surrounding its propagation and cultivation. This fusion of science and practice has also formed the basis of his teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and MIT, especially as it relates to understanding the impacts of climate change and urbanization on plants in both native and designed landscapes. Most recently, his research has expanded to the subject of spontaneous urban vegetation.
Rosetta S. Elkin
Associate Professor, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture @McGill University
Rosetta S. Elkin is a landscape architect, principal of RSE Landscape, and Associate at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Her research and teaching consider living environments with a particular focus on plants in ecology, horticulture and human affairs more broadly. She is committed to design as a means to address the risk, injustice, and instability brought about by the shifts in our shared climate. Elkin’s work suggests that the role of plants is generally overlooked in the study of climate change. As a result, projects are positioned to heighten the awareness of plant life. Elkin’s practice prioritizes public exhibitions, open access publishing, and collaborative research to promote a more thoughtful and accountable design agenda.