Fifth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium

Natural/Designed Ecologies

Generously co-sponsored by Cleveland Water Alliance and Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Kent State College of Architecture

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Kent State’s 5th annual Water and Land symposium will provide a forum for today’s understandings of natural systems and contemporary innovative design approaches for improving cities and society. Topics of conservation/recreation; living materials/fabrication; and sustainable/urbanism will create discussion on the limits of knowledge and the road to greater environmental responsibility. Held on October 4th and 5th 2017, this symposium will attract more than 300 attendees from the many universities, federal, state and regional agencies, and private companies that populate northeastern Ohio and surrounding states. This year we are delighted to have Tim Beatley, who is an internationally recognized researcher and author who has focused on the creation and maintenance of green cities and sustainable urban planning. He has focused on creative strategies that cities can use to reduce their ecological footprints, showing how we can make cities more livable places. Dr. Beatley developed the term ‘green urbanism’ and uses it to describe the planning process used to create a sustainable city.

The second day of the conference will highlight new approaches to a variety of environmental and social issues through distinguished speakers and formal and informal discussions. A plenary session will set the stage for breakout sessions and posters in the afternoon. Breakout sessions will focus on “Conservation and Recreation,” “Living Materials,” and “Sustainable Urbanism.” These breakout sessions will be linked to poster sessions and will provide an opportunity for more specific discussions focused on key underlying issues. Registration is free and open to the public.

October 4-5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm Keynote Address
Tim Beatley, University of Virginia
(Cartwright Hall)
8:45-9:45 pm Poster Session 1, Reception
(CAED, 132 S Lincoln St.)


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
215 S. Depeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240

8:30-9:00 am Check In
9:00-9:15 am Opening Remarks
9:15-10:00 am "Conservation and Recreation" Keynote:
Joshua Lawler, University of Washington
10:00-10:45 am Reid Coffman, Architecture, Kent State University
11:00-11:45 am "Living Materials" Keynote:
Mitchell Joachim,
Terreform One
11:45 am-
12:30 pm
"Sustainable Urbanism" Keynote:
James Fraser, Vanderbilt University
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30-2:45 pm Poster Session 2 and Self-tour/Tours of CAED LEED platinum building
(CAED, 132 S Lincoln St.)
3:00-5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (outlined below)
Conservation and Recreation
David Ward, Biological Sciences, Kent State University, convening
3:00-3:30 pm Working towards a greater good: the role of ecotourism in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
Kelly Bricker, University of Utah
3:30-4:00 pm Lisa Petit, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
4:00-4:30 pm Andrew Lepp, Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management, Kent State University
4:30-5:00 pm Panel Discussion
Living Materials
Diane Davis-Sikora, Architecture, Kent State University, convening
3:00-3:30 pm Laia Mogas Soldevila, Tufts University
3:30-4:00 pm Petra Gruber, University of Akron
4:00-4:30 pm Margarita Benitez, Fashion, Kent State University
4:30-5:00 pm Panel Discussion
Sustainable Urbanism
Beth Herndon, Geology and Kelly Turner, Geography, Kent State University, convening
3:00-3:30 pm Daniel Bain, University of Pittsburgh
3:30-4:00 pm Kayla Perry, The Ohio State University
4:00-4:30 pm David Jurca, Architecture, Kent State University
4:30-5:00 pm Panel Discussion