papers, panels, invited talks
“Green infrastructure in liminal streetside spaces: Cases from European city cores,” Association of European Schools of Planning Congress, University of Lisbon, 2017.
“Informal green infrastructure along the street: Typology and urban design implications,” World Multidisciplinary Civil Engineering-Architecture-Urban Planning Symposium, Prague, 2017.
“Restoration challenges and opportunities for Pittsburgh’s Brunot Island,” 11th Annual Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration - Mid-Atlantic, 2016.
“Brunot Island Center for Urban River Ecology (CURE),” 11th Annual Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration - Mid-Atlantic, poster talk, 2016.
“Novel ecosystems or condos? Competing scenarios for Pittsburgh's river islands, Novel Ecosystems Researech Symposium, Penn State University, 2016.
“Collaborative community design in underserved neighborhoods: Approaches to engaged studios and their institutional framework,” 16th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, initiator, panelist/workshop leader, with D. De Ciantis, L. Vavro, and M. Hogan, 2015.
“Catalyst by design: Resilience-building scenarios as key outcomes of an engaged studio,” 16th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, poster talk, Penn State University, 2015.
“Convivial greenstreets as force and context for urban sustainability,” 4th World Sustainability Forum, SciForum e-conference series, 2014.
“Climate change, anticipatory learning, and co-resilience in vulnerable places,” Education for Sustainability and Resilience in a Changing Climate Symposium, 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2014.
“Green innovations in western European city streets and public spaces,” plenary address, Pennsylvania Community Forestry Conference, Penn State University, 2013.
“Urban sustainability and regenerative design,” keynote address, City Lights Speaker Series, Penn State Alumni Association, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, 2013.
“Tales from here and there: Building resilience in stressed social-ecological systems,”
Ecosystems Science and Management Spring Seminar Series, Penn State University, 2013.
“Science and the sacred: Rethinking the relationship between the GAP and the Ganges,” 53rd Annual Conference of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning, University of Cincinnati, with P. Das, 2012.
“Now what? Adaptive local planning and anticipatory learning for climate change adaptation in rural Ghana and Tanzania,” Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, University of Arizona, with P. Tschakert, K. Dietrich, and ALCCAR team, 2012.
“From envisioning to planning and management in the anticipatory learning cycle,” multi-stakeholder workshop session leader, with P. Tschakert, Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, and Red Cross Society, Tanzania, 2012.
“Old compulsions, new technologies: Gigapans, helipans and emerging vantages,” Arts & Architecture Faculty Forum, Penn State University, 2012.
“Grounded: Walking journeys and environmental monitoring as portals to anticipatory learning and resilience from and within the working landscape,” Resilience 2011, Arizona State University, with J. Shaffer and ALCCAR contributors, 2011.
“The Pittsburgh Studio: Regenerative design in stressed communities,” National Outreach Scholarship Conference, Michigan State University, with D. De Ciantis and M. Bankston, 2011.
“Studio in place,” University Engagement Council, Penn State University, 2011.
“Studio in place,” Student Engagement Task Force, Penn State University, 2011.
“Remembering change, anticipating change: Processes of activating, stretching, and creating knowledge for anticipatory learning, adaptation, and resilience under climate change,” Resilience 2011, P. Tschakert and ALCCAR contributors.
“Learning to adapt: How innovation, environmental information sharing, and social networks vary in rural Ghana and Tanzania,” Resilience 2011, with E. Prins, C. Hoadley, K. Dietrich, P. Tschakert, and ALCCAR contributors.
“From vulnerable victims to active agents: Anticipatory learning for climate change adaptation and resilience,” Resilience 2011, Arizona State University, with P. Tschakert and ALCCAR contributors.
“Remember, observe, learn, dream, and act: Ingredients for social-ecological resilience,” Assoc. of American Geographers 2011 Annual Meeting, with P. Tschakert and ALCCAR contributors.
“Deforestation, climate change, adaptation: Mixing discourses during scenario building for climate change adaptation in Ghana,” Assoc. of American Geographers 2011 Annual Meeting, with K. Dietrich, P. Tschakert, E. Prins, and ALCCAR contributors.
“Anticipatory Learning for climate change adaptation and resilience: Building capacity in rural Tanzania,” Institute of Resource Assessment 50th Anniversary Research Conference, with J. Shaffer and ALCCAR contributors, 2011.
“Exploring the excited skin: Gigapixel imaging of soil profiles and landscape contexts,” plenary, Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science, Carnegie Mellon University, with R. Stehouwer and P. Drohan, 2010.
“Technology-supported cross-cultural learning in the developing world: The Mountain Project,“ International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration, Copenhagen Business School, 2010.
“Gigapixel imaging, interdisciplinarity, and knowledge integration“ Returning Fellow reflections, Fine Outreach for Science GigaPan Workshop #4, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010.
“Building a learning community for Himalayan sustainability,“ Association for India's Development, University Park chapter, with S. Honwad, 2010.
“Concept Mapping of Climate Change and Village Adaptation and Resilience,” Stakeholders Workshop, Afram Plains Development Organization, Ghana, 2009.
“GigaPan possibilities in environmental design,“ Fine Outreach for Science GigaPan Workshop #2, Global Connection Project, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009.
“L.E.A.P. to get a bird's-eye view: Low elevation aerial photography for site design and landscape research,“ LABash National Conference, Penn Stater Conference Center, 2009.
“Off road and engaged: Collaborative action research for resilient Himalayan communities,“ Geography Coffee Hour Speaker Series, Penn State University, 2009.
“The Mountain Project: Towards adaptive learning communities for Himalayan sustainability,“ Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America, Penn State University, with S. Honwad, 2008.
“Off road IT: Using technology for communities and sustainability in the Himalayas,“ College of IST Research Tea Series, Penn State University, with C. Hoadley, 2007.
“When film and landscape meet: A range of possibilities,“ Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture National Conference, Penn State University, introduction to the Negotiated View Film Festival, with B. Bird and K. Thompson, 2007.
“The Mountain Project,“ International Education Week Speaker Series, Office of International Programs, Penn State University, with C. Hoadley, 2007.
“Designing appropriate collaborative learning technologies for the developing world,“ Open Education Conference: Localizing and Learning, Utah State University, with C. Hoadley and S. Honwad, 2007.
“Using technology to elicit biographies in Himalayan villages,” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, with C. Hoadley and S. Honwad, 2007.
“Placing IK: Community-based knowledge, vision and action in environmental design,” Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge, Penn State University, 2006.
“Changing nature: Towards a civic culture of urban ecosystems regeneration” keynote, Urban Waters: First National Conference on Environmental Regeneration in Cities, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2005.
“Knowledge-building communities and Himalayan sustainability,” Open Science Conference on Global Change in Mountain Regions, Perth, Scotland, with S. Honwad, 2005.
“Mapeamento sócio-ambiental de bacias hidrográficas urbanas: Estudo de caso do Rio Carioca,” 11th Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs and Research in Urban and Regional Planning Conference, Salvador, Brazil, with M. Schlee, 2005.
“Ecological restoration education and emerging trends in public scholarship,” Society for Ecological Restoration International 16th Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Canada, 2004.
“Interweaving ecological science and ecological design,” Ecology Speaker Series, Penn State University, 2004.
“Retrospective / perspective on a regional studio,” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference, Charleston, SC, with T. Yahner, 2003.
“Preemptive ecosystems planning and large-scale traditional neighborhood development: A watershed case study,” Chesapeake Basin Restoration Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2002.
“Large-scale traditional neighborhood development and preemptive ecosystems planning: The Markham experience, 1989–2002,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 44th Annual Conference, Baltimore, with D. Gordon, 2002.
“India's Ganges paradox: Sacred rites and environmental desecration along an Indian riverfront,” Religion, Ecology and Culture, Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion, DePaul University, with P. Das, 2001.
“Teaching watershed-based planning and management,” Water, Oil of the 21st Century: Canadian Inst. of Planners National Conference, Charlottetown, PEI, 2000.
“Patterns, processes and paradigms: Towards ecologically vital brownfields,” XVI International Botanical Congress, Missouri Botanical Gardens, 1999.
“Post-industrial landscapes: Vegetation, ecology, and ecosystems-based regeneration,” Symposium, XVI International Botanical Congress, Missouri Botanical Gardens, co-convenor with S. Thompson, 1999.
“Hope for the hyperstressed: Regenerating Pittsburgh’s post-industrial ecosystems,” Conference on Ecosystems Restoration & Creation, Hillsborough College, Tampa, 1999.
“Patterns, processes and paradigms: Towards ecologically vital brownfields,” XVI International Botanical Congress, Missouri Botanical Gardens, 1999.
“Integrating Ecology into the Curriculum,” 3-day workshop leader, The Shire Conference on Ecology and Design, University of Oregon, 1998.
“Connections old and new: Ecological design in a post-industrial culture,” plenary address, American Society of Landscape Architects-PA/Del Conference, Philadelphia, 1998.
“Applying ecology in the undergraduate studio,” panelist, Building Toward Diversity: Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference, Asheville, NC, 1997.
“Restoration planning in the urbanizing (bio)region: Ecological themes and regional imperatives,” American Society of Landscape Architects Conference on Sustainability in the Chesapeake Basin, University of Maryland, 1997.
“Lessons learned? Teaching ecology in design and planning programs,” panel talk, 12th Annual Conference of the International Association of Landscape Ecology, Duke University, with B. Johnson, K. Hill, K. Poole, and S. Raval, 1997.
“Nine Mile Run: Ample Opportunity,” Carnegie Mellon University, Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, 1997.
“The Pittsburgh Ecological Design Studio,” American Society of Landscape Architects annual meeting, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Pittsburgh, 1997.
“Ecology & placemaking: Towards an enriched urban design theory,” American Collegiate Schools of Architecture S.E. Regional Conference, Hampton University, 1996.
“Urban ecological restoration in a post-modern landscape: A Rouge retrospective,” Society for Ecological Restoration International Conference, Rutgers University, 1996.
“Across the Great Divide: Landscape architecture, ecology and the city,” American Society of Landscape Architects Conference, Cleveland, with D. Luymes and D. Nadenicek, 1995.
“Synecologies, greenway planning and the pursuit of synergies,” Sixth Biennial International Linear Parks Conference, Virginia Polytechnical Institute, 1995.
“Partnerships and sustainability,” panelist, Sixth Biennial International Linear Parks Conference, Virginia Polytechnical University, 1995.
“Cleveland’s Celebration Spaces: Dock 20/22” charrette leader/designer, American Society of Landscape Architects Community Assistance (C.A.T.) Team, 1995.
“Restoring the urban river valley: Principles and patterns,” keynote address, American Society of Landscape Architects-West Virginia Annual Meeting, University of West Virginia, 1994.
“The urban valley as linear place and ecological corridor,” Third Annual Pennsylvania Community Forestry Conference, Penn State University, 1994.
“Urban greenways and restored landscapes: Places and patterns of apprehension,” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference, Long Beach, MS, 1994.
“Holism in restoration planning: A systems approach in Markham, Ontario,” Society for Ecological Restoration International Conference, Michigan State University, 1994.
“Claiming a piece of the wilderness: Provincial parks in a post-modern age,” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference, Mississippi State University, with D. Luymes, 1994.
“Designing livable communities,” workshop presentation, Pennsylvania Planning Association Annual Conference, 1994.
“Designing viable open space: Restoring nature and finding place in the city,” Planning for Community Open Spaces Conference, Harrisburg, PA, 1994.
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exhibits, galleries, profiles
lead curator, Nearby Nature II juried collection, with D. vanEngelsdorp and A. Smith, GigaPan Magazine | Create Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, spring 2012.
co-curator, Nearby Nature I juried collection, with A. Smith and D. vanEngelsdor, GigaPan Magazine | Create Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, spring 2011.
studio profile, “Design in the real world: A Penn State program promotes community outreach,” Landscape Architecture Magazine, Sept. 2011.
studio profile, “Repurposing and reclaiming neighborhoods: The Pittsburgh Studio,” Penn State Outreach, spring 2011, 14(1).
juror, Gigapixel Imaging for Science exhibition, Simmons Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA, fall 2010.
videodocumentary screening, Water Past and Present: A Documentary by the Children of the Himalayas, with S. Honwad, producer, at Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America, Penn State University, Jan. 2008.
profile, Partnering to Restore Spring Creek, Elks Country Club riparian ecological restoration, on Environmental Institute for Golf's Green Links website, fall 2008.
co-curator, The Negotiated View Film Festival, with K. Thompson and B. Bird, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture National Conference, Penn State University, August 2007.
photo-exhibit, The Mountain Project: North India and Nepal, at International Programs Gallery, 40 photographs, J. Haner curator, Penn State University, summer-fall 2007.
profile, Partnering to Restore Spring Creek, in Case Studies in Surface Water Quality, Audubon International website, 2006.
gallery show, Reconnecting with the Don: Balancing the Valley, at Toronto's Market Gallery, curated by Task Force to Bring Back the Don, fall 2004.
gallery show, Conversations in the Rust Belt: Nine Mile Run Project, at Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts, T. Collins curator, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, winter 2000.
gallery show, Conversations in the Rust Belt: Nine Mile Run Project, at Wood Street Galleries, T. Collins curator, Pittsburgh, summer 1999.
exhibit, Dock 20/22 Festival Park, at Celebration Spaces CAT Charrette, American Society of Landscape Architects 1995 national conference, Cleveland.
gallery show, Bringing Back the Don, at McMichael Canadian Art Collection, exhibit on landscape urbanism, M. Bice and G. Kapelos curators, Kleinburg, Ontario, summer 1994.
gallery show, Toronto Brickworks Renewed, at Powerhouse Gallery, Toronto, spring 1992.