Changing Cities: Landscape as an integrated perspective

April 19, 2011

Colombian landscape architect, Martha Fajardo, will give a free lecture on diversifying and regenerating built, natural and social urban spaces.

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Colombian landscape architect, Martha Fajardo, offers a Latin-American perspective on the challenges faced by those who design and shape built, natural and social environments. With the world facing climate change, deforestation, floods, urbanisation, the shifting weight of the developing world and the rising shortage of resources, we must rethink the way we design places.

Giving a free public lecture at the Melbourne School of Design, Fajardo will detail the transformations that have recently occurred in Bogotá, Medellin and Cartagena in relation to transport, public spaces, art and culture, education, social urbanism and social inclusion. In this illustrated lecture, she will explain that by optimising, diversifying and regenerating urban spaces, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference – to create affordable landscapes, landscapes of happiness.

Fajardo explains: “The population of the planet is addicted to cities. Despite all its inconveniences and shrinking personal space, 78 percent of the Colombian people live in cities. Nobody denies the city’s overflowing complexity and its attractions. However, we must approach the city from the point of view its livability, rather than its propensity for the spectacular.”

Martha Fajardo 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. She has a Master’s degree in Landscape Design from Sheffield University, UK. 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); 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).

*When* Tuesday 10 May, 7pm
*Where* Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Basement, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
*Entry is free*. To register go to ["www.msd.unimelb.edu.au":http://msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/deans-lectures/fajardo/index.html]

*To coincide with the lecture, an exhibition of selected projects by Grupo Verde will be on display in the Wunderlich Gallery from 3-13 May.*

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