Design Matters Lecture Series with Anne Whiston Spirn, MIT

Design Matters Lecture Series with Anne Whiston Spirn, MIT

Restoring Mill Creek: Reflections on 30+ Years of Action Research

Anne Whiston Spirn is the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT. The American Planning Association named her first book, The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design (1984), as one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century and credited it with launching the ecological urbanism movement.
Since 1987, Spirn has directed the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP), an action research project whose mission is to restore nature and rebuild community through strategic design, planning, and education programs. Through experimental projects, WPLP seeks to demonstrate how to create human settlements that are healthier, economical to build and maintain, more resilient, more beautiful, and more just. A key proposal of the West Philadelphia Landscape Project is to manage the West Philadelphia’s Mill Creek watershed as part of a broad approach to improving regional water quality and as a strategy to secure funds to rebuild neighborhoods. In 1999, a White House summit for leading “Scholars and Artists in Public life” cited WPLP as a “Model of Best Practice”.

Learn more:
www.annewhistonspirn.com
www.wplp.net
www.marnasgarden.com
www.theeyeisadoor.com

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