Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning
MIT
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Human survival depends upon adapting ourselves and our landscapes — cities, buildings, and gardens, roadways and rivers — in new, life-sustaining ways, designing places that are functional, sustainable, meaningful, and artful, places that help us feel and understand the relationship of the natural and the built.… Read More
Human survival depends upon adapting ourselves and our landscapes — cities, buildings, and gardens, roadways and rivers — in new, life-sustaining ways, designing places that are functional, sustainable, meaningful, and artful, places that help us feel and understand the relationship of the natural and the built. I want to transform the way people see the world, to inspire them to create places that enhance life. My career as author, scholar, teacher, practitioner, and activist is dedicated to this goal.

Design is for me the habit of looking for opportunities where others see problems and then devising solutions that address seemingly unrelated concerns, such as polluted water, impoverished neighborhoods, and troubled schools.

Action is at the heart of my work. I use design practice to develop and test theory, and theory to critique practice, alternating between engagement and reflection. As a scholar, I document the design tradition within which I think and act. Read Less
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