Anne Whiston Spirn, “Restoring Mill Creek: Landscape Literacy and Environmental Justice.”
Professor Anne Whiston Spirn of MIT will present “Restoring Mill Creek: Landscape Literacy and Environmental Justice.” Spirn is visiting Stanford as the Model Scholar selected by the senior class in the Program on Urban Studies.
Spirn, a professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, has an international reputation for scholarship that combines an understanding of the natural and built environments. She has received numerous fellowships and awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the President’s Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2001, she received the International Cosmos Prize for “contributions to the harmonious coexistence of nature and mankind.”
Spirn’s talk will focus on the research-in-action project that she directs in the inner-city neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Since 1987, the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP) has integrated research, teaching and community service to enhance environmental quality, stimulate economic development, and strengthen public school curricula and undergraduate and professional education. The project is also the subject of Spirn’s forthcoming book, Top-Down/Bottom-Up: Rebuilding the Landscape of Community.
Cosponsored by: American Studies, Architectural Design, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth Systems, The Haas Center for Public Service, Woods Institute for the Environment
Free and open to the public