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Conversations about Landscape: Blue Urbanism

Conversations about Landscape: Blue Urbanism

Conversations about Landscape: Blue Urbanism
6-8pm, Wednesday November 6, 2013
Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory Gallery 

Join Timothy Beatley, Eric Sanderson and Robin Grossinger for a lively discussion The City and the Ocean: Exploring Blue Urbanism and the Creation of Tools for Guiding Landscape Evolution and Planning. How have the earth’s oceans become urbanized? What relationships and future are necessary to better understand the health and breadth of the ocean environment, and what ways can we foster a harmonious relationship of cities and oceans? Eric Sanderson and Robin Grossinger are collaborating on a project and book to re-construct and visualize the San Francisco peninsula before European settlement in the mid-19th century. Bringing a wide variety of techniques and historical materials Grossinger and Sanderson will describe their process and the implications of this work for public education and planning for a more sustainable future. This event is co-sponsored by the Studio for Urban Projects.

Conversations about Landscape brings together two or more practitioners from the related fields of geography, ecology, environmental arts and sciences, policy and design to grapple with contemporary landscape questions. Speakers present their work and engage each other and the audience in a participatory conversation. The series is staged within the context of the Bay Observatory, an exhibit environment exploring issues of environmental change with a particular focus on the Bay Area and beyond. The talks are preceded by an informal reception with time to look at exhibits, engage with one another and meet Observatory staff and guests.

Upcoming Conversations about Landscape include Landscape as Memory on Wednesday, November 20, from 6-8pm; and Saltscapes: Exploring the South Bay Salt Ponds with photographer Cris Benton on Wednesday, December 4, from 6-8pm.

About the Exploratorium


The Exploratorium is a portal to the astonishing scientific phenomena that animate our world and shape our actions. We create extraordinary learning experiences that ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward. Since 1969, the Exploratorium’s museum in San Francisco has been home to a renowned collection of exhibits that draw together science, art, and human perception, and that have changed the way science is taught. Our award-winning programs provide a forum for the public to engage with artists, scientists, policymakers, educators, and tinkerers to explore the world around them. We celebrate diversity of thought, inspired investigation, and collaboration across all boundaries.

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