08 November 2010

Designing Across Opportunities for Transdisciplinary Design in a Post-Industrial Situation

LA Fall Lecture Series presents Wolfram Hoefer

Wednesday, 11/10 at 4:00 pm,
Cook/Douglas Lecture Hall;
3 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ

Designing Across Opportunities for Transdisciplinary Design in a Post-Industrial Situation
The discipline of landscape architecture can be a potentially leading force in successfully re-integrating brownfields into the urban pattern, both functionally and aesthetically.  In order for landscape architecture to play this pivotal role in brownfield remediation, it is important to recognize the need for two levels of interdisciplinarity.  On a first level, the field integrates broad aspects of arts, humanities, and sciences.  On a second, site-specific level, landscape architects need to collaborate with professional ecologists, engineers, planners and architects. 
Using the example of the on-going research project Hackensack Water Works at Oradell Cultural Landscape Study, Park Design and Public Outreach Proposal, the presentation will examine how this “double interdisciplinarity” provides an opportunity to take leadership in brownfield remediation if the profession develops appropriate ways to address the difficulties that accompany such a situation.

Dr. Wolfram Hoefer joined  the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, the State Universiy of New Jersey as an Assistant Professor in 2006. In 1992 he earned a Diploma in Landscape Architecture from the Technische Universität Berlin and received a doctoral degree from Technische Universtät München in 2000. He is a licensed landscape architect in the State of Bavaria, Germany.
His research and teaching focus is the cultural interpretation of brownfields as potential elements of the public realm. Further he is investigating the different cultural interpretations of landscapes by the general public in North America and Europe and how they have an effect on professional approaches towards planning and design solutions for adaptive re-use of brownfields.

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