Conversations About Landscape: Reading the City

Signals, Markings, and Indicators in the Urban Landscape

Wednesday, March 27, 2018 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free, RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.


 As we wander through the city, we encounter a wilderness of symbolic markings. Traffic and transit symbols, industrial markings, and historical, cultural, and wayfinding signage all connect us with the dynamic forces shaping urban life. 

Join a discussion of current projects exploring how urban symbols deepen our interactions with the city, connect us with diverse forms of knowledge, and help us imagine possible futures. Led by Bay Observatory Urban Fellow Sara Dean, this interdisciplinary panel will include expertise in landscape histories, landscape design, artistic urbanism, digital iconography, and environmental storytelling (including games).

About the Speakers

Sara Dean is a designer and architect who works across various media and scales. She is an Assistant Professor of Design at California College of the Arts (CCA), and a Bay Observatory Urban Fellow. 

Beth Ferguson is an Assistant Professor of Design at University of California, Davis. She teaches sustainable design, furniture design, and industrial design.

As project director at the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, Susan Moffat manages the initiative on behalf of its principal investigators, providing intellectual leadership and program coordination. 

Walter Hood is the creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio, and a Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of California, Berkeley. He lectures internationally on professional and theoretical projects.