5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jackson Street Building
Room 123 Sponsored by: College of Environment and Design
Contact: Melissa Gogo Administrative Specialist 706-542-8113
"A Transdisciplinary Action Approach to GeoDesign for Multifunctional Landscape Planning," David Pitt, co-editor of "Landscape Journal," and professor of landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota.
Pitt has worked with The Metropolitan Council, the McKnight Foundation, and the Universtiy of Minnesota (UMN) Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to develop a landscape assessment process that local governments can use to facilitate smart growth in an environmentally responsible way. With several UMN colleagues, Professor Pitt is developing a systemic approach to GeoDesign, which integrates spatiotemporal modeling of landscape performance. A recent grant from the USDA-Conservation Innovation Grant program facilitates application of this work to the collaborative design of multifunctional landscapes in the Minnesota River valley. With internal UMN funding, Pitt and his colleagues are constructing a GeoDesign decision lab to examine the ways in which the presentation of information, group dynamics, and social and individual learning affect outcomes of landscape planning decision making. Professor Pitt holds adjunct appointments on the faculties of Urban and Regional Planning as well as Forest Resources, and is a member of the Graduate Faculty in Water Resources Science.