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LA-Charles Waldheim Lecture
Monday, March 24, 2014
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Harvard University Graduate School of Design / Urban Agency
Monday, March 24, 2014
Charles Waldheim is the John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture and Chair of the Landscape Architecture department at the GSD. His research focuses on landscape architecture in relation to contemporary urbanism. Waldheim coined the term 'landscape urbanism' to describe emerging landscape design practices in the context of North American urbanism. He has written extensively on the topic and edited The Landscape Urbanism Reader (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006). Citing the city of Detroit as the most legible example of urban industrial economy in North America, Waldheim is editor of CASE: Lafayette Park Detroit (Prestel / Harvard Design School, 2004) and co-editor, with Jason Young and Georgia Daskalakis, of Stalking Detroit (Barcelona: ACTAR, 2001). On the history and future of Chicago urbanism, he is author of Constructed Ground (University of Illinois Press, 2001) and co-editor, with Katerina Ruedi Ray, of Chicago Architecture and Urbanism: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005). He is currently writing the first book-length history of Chicagos O’Hare International Airport, entitled Chicago O’Hare: A Natural and Cultural History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). His writing has also appeared in Landscape Journal, Topos, Log, Praxis, 306090, Canadian Architect, Dimensions, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.
Waldheim has lectured on landscape and contemporary urbanism across North America, Europe, and Australasia. He has taught as a visiting faculty member at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rice University. He is an honorary member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, and in 2006 was recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome.