Restoring an Urban Watershed: Ecology, Equity, and Design.
March 31 - March 30, 2011
The Mill Creek neighborhood of West Philadelphia once epitomized the failures of 20th-century urban policies and development, resulting in an economically depressed, racially-segregated community plagued with vacant land, subsiding ground, and flooded basements on the buried floodplain of the creek. Anne Whiston Spirn, lauded by the Boston Globe as an "urban visionary" will focus on the story of Mill Creek's restoration as a model for uniting science, design, and community engagement to address social and environmental problems. Spirn will stress how "landscape literacy" is just as critical to those solutions as verbal literacy was to the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
Anne Whiston Spirn is an award-winning author, photographer, and professor of landscape architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Free and open to the public, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Reception to follow. Supported by a generous gift from Michael Dyett (AB ’68, MRP ’72) and Heidi Richardson.