Sustainable Design

Education Session - Presentation Format

FRI-B07 - Ecocities of the Future...Today: Addressing Economic and Ecological Imperatives

Friday, October 19
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


This session will feature two prominent landscape architects with a growing body of experience planning entire cities for ecological resilience AND economic prosperity and in the face of shrinking budgets and a changing climate. Inspirational examples highlight the potential every city has to achieve enhanced livability through truly integrative thinking.

Learning Objectives:

David Yocca, FASLA

Senior Landscape Architect/Ecological Planner

With over 30 years’ experience in ecologically-focused practice, David has served a significant
leadership role in a wide array of sustainable planning and design efforts. With a strong focus
on the measurement and improvement of the ecological, economic, and social performance of
places, he relies upon an integrative, open, and inclusive engagement approach. He strives to
find holistic, mutually beneficial solutions to complex social, economic, and practical problems
that are obstacles to the creation of healthy, functional, inspirational places. David is homebased
in Grand Rapids, MI as part of Biohabitats’ Great Lakes bioregional office.


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Herbert Dreiseitl, FASLA

Ramboll Group - Liveable Cities Lab

Herbert is an urban designer, landscape architect, and water artist. He founded Atelier Dreiseitl, and led Ramboll´s Liveable Cities Lab for five years, is a Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow and visiting Professor at NUS Singapore.
A hallmark of his work is the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics, and encouraging people to take care and ownership for places.
He has realized groundbreaking contemporary designs in the fields of urban design, hydrology, art, stormwater management, and landscape architecture. He lectures worldwide and has authored many publications including three editions of Recent Waterscapes.


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Jennifer Dowdell, ASLA

Senior Landscape Ecological Planner & Designer
Biohabitats Inc.

A senior landscape ecological designer and planner with Biohabitats, Jennifer focuses her work on landscape ecology, conservation planning, and living infrastructure, ranging from urban greenways to state parks and college campuses. From the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, the Chesapeake Bay and the Hudson River, Jennifer’s work merges ecological principles with innovative stormwater and landscape management in site design and master planning. She earned her MLA from University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Prior experience in writing and advocacy informs her work facilitating dialogue between the social and ecological narratives that inform our landscapes.


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FRI-B07 - Ecocities of the Future...Today: Addressing Economic and Ecological Imperatives

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