DEAN’S LECTURE SERIES 2011 – Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne

‘Changing Cities: Landscape as an integrated perspective’

Martha Fajardo, Landscape Architect, Bogotá

Day after day people’s lives are affected by poor or inadequately planned development. The world is in flux: climate change, deforestation, floods, urbanization, the shifting weight of the developing world, and the rising shortage of resources are causing us to rethink the way we design places. The complexity of the modern world presents both challenges and opportunities to those who conceive and shape built, natural and social environments. Using Colombia as a case study, leading landscape architect Martha Fajardo will give a Latin-American perspective into this global issue. Martha is CEO of Grupo Verde Ltda, a firm dedicated to the professional practice of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Urbanism and Urban Design, based in Colombia and Latin America.

The quality of the environment is a key component of robust economic growth says Fajardo. “Remarkable, valuable, historical and beautiful landscapes are given sanctuary, but at present, the everyday landscape – the social, economic and physical context of our lives – has no champion. Fragmented into various components that are green, grey or blue, agricultural, historical or ecological, it is undervalued and neglected, seemingly belonging to everyone, but actually to no one.”

In her illustrated lecture, Martha will outline the amazing transformations which have recently taken place in Bogotá, Medellin and Cartagena in relation to transport, public spaces, art and culture, education, social urbanism and social inclusion.

Martha Fajardo is the founder of the Colombian Society of Landscape Architects, SAP first President and Honorary Member and Chair of the Colombian Landscape Charter (2009). She is Member of the Colombian Society of Architects (SCA); International Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); and actively involved in the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). She has received several prestigious awards including, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects President’s Awards (May 2006) and the Quindio 21 Century Citizen (Colombia 2002).

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Date: Tuesday 10 May 2011 @ 7pm

Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Basement – Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne