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Monday, April 11, 2016

Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues April 14, 28 at URI’s Coastal Institute

Landscaping for coastal communities

The University of Rhode Island’s annual Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues this month with talks by landscape architects Lauren Mandel and Catherine Seavitt.

Mandel, of Andropogon Associates in Philadelphia, will discuss “Craft, Research and Practice: Performance-based Design in Landscape Architecture,’’ on Thursday, April 14.

Seavitt, of Catherine Seavitt Studio in New York City, will talk about “Shifting Sands: Sedimentary Cycles for Jamaica Bay” on Thursday, April 28.

Both talks will begin at 7 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium at the URI Coastal Institute, 1 Greenhouse Road, on URI’s Kingston campus. They are free and open to the public.

Seavitt is an associate professor at City College of New York and principal of the Seavitt studio. Her expertise is design responses to climate change, especially sea level rise. She has developed land-building strategies to stop wetlands destruction in the Mississippi Delta and resiliency strategies for Jamaica Bay, N.Y.

Mandel is a landscape designer and researcher at Andropogon and author of “EAT UP: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture.’’ She has a master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

The URI Landscape Architecture series is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Bartlett Tree Experts; the Gaetano and Pasqualine Faella Memorial Endowment; and the URI College of Arts and Sciences. The Catherine Seavitt lecture is co-sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant. 

For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Landscape Architecture at 401-874-2983 or Professor William A. Green, chair of URI’s Department of Landscape Architecture, at

“These topics are timely and of critical importance to those working and living in our cities and in vulnerable coastal communities,’’ Green says. “We need to protect our built and natural resources and our designs must perform in ways that ensure that our communities and environments are protected, sustainable and resilient.’’