Jen Maigret presented the lecture, “Constructed Environments through the Lens of Water.” The discussion began with the concept that designers can have impact, and through making, create didactic spaces that enable them to work as educators. Of particular interest is the work by Patrick Blanc with Herzog and de Meuron, which “sparked the culture and imagination that plants could have a new role in the city.”

Other projects including Minnaert and Plan B Architects (of Medellin, Columbia) provide architecture that uses the environment in new ways. The critique here of engineering is that its often functional approaches contribute little the actual life of the city, providing for buried infrastructure and solutions that serve singular roles. In terms of the design professions, architecture was seen as being short term visioned, as opposed to landscape architects who often think more in longer terms.

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