Urban Design / Downtown Revitalization

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-B11 - Social Urbanism, Our Climate Culture, and the Politics that Frame Landscape Architecture

Sunday, October 21
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 117


An overview of social urbanism offers insight into new movements for a democracy on spatial design. This panel reveals the politics behind effective planning frameworks for the ongoing expansion of our cities. Social and environmental case studies, North and South, provoke an imminent global discussion over our present climate culture.

Learning Objectives:

Maria Bellalta, ASLA

Dean/Faculty, School of Landscape Architecture
Boston Architectural College

María Bellalta, Dean/faculty, School of Landscape Architecture, Boston Architectural College (BAC), teaches design theory and practice, Social Urbanism, and advanced interdisciplinary studios. She lectures on urbanism theories: cross-contextual/cultural conditions, “psychology of space”, and the effects of global expansion. She has academic collaborations in Latin America with Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), Medellín, Colombia, and Centro Metropolitano de Arquitectura Sustentable (C+), Mexico City. As former Design Director for Martha Schwartz Partners, and Designer at Sasaki Associates, María has worked on urban design, civic spaces and new urban landscapes across the United States and internationally. Bellalta holds a MLA degree from Harvard, GSD.


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Daniela Coray, Student ASLA

Research and Production Assistant, School of Landscape Architecture
Boston Architectural College

Daniela Coray is research and production assistant for the School of Landscape Architecture at Boston Architectural College. With a background in landscape design and civic engagement, she has been pursuing a socially focused research and design practice. Daniela’s thesis project centered on the application of a socio-ecological framework for sustainable design in Medellin, Colombia, using hydrologic systems as a social and spatial organizer. Her broader research interests cover equity in urban design and planning, the integration of culture in climate change responses, and the role of landscape architecture in leading social and environmental justice movements.


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Lina Escobar

Program Director, Landscape Architecture
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Lina Escobar Ocampo is the Program Director of the only masters program in Colombia for Landscape Architecture, at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB). Lina received her undergraduate degree in Architecture and Urbanism from UPB in 2001, and worked at several architecture firms in the city until 2011. In 2013 she obtained a masters degree in Landscape Architecture. Since 2012 she has worked with the master's program as a research assistant and teacher, participating in several ongoing investigations including the analysis of city border landscapes. Lina's research interests cover urban infrastructure upgrading and landscape and territorial planning.


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Ken Smith, FASLA

Ken Smith Workshop

Ken Smith is one of the best-known of a generation of landscape architects equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture, and urbanism. Trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture, and landscape. He is committed to creating landscapes, especially parks and other public spaces, as a way of improving the quality of urban life.

His work pushes beyond traditional typologies to create landscapes that draw on diverse cultural traditions and influences of contemporary culture. His practice, Ken Smith Workshop is based in New York City.


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