Landscape architect Theodore Hoerr to present a lecture on “Preliminary Land” on October 8



Rendered courtesy of Terrain Work

InterPlay Park in Peoria, Illinois, creates a new intergenerational park that reconnects communities historically divided by the construction of the I-74 Interstate corridor.

Theodore Hoerr will present the “Liminal Terrain” lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, in the Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier room, room 250 of the Vol Walker room, on the U of A campus, as part of the Fall Lecture Series at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. The conference will also be available live via Zoom.

Hoerr, RLA, ASLA, is the founder of Terrain Work, an award-winning international landscape architecture, urban design and public art studio based in New York City. He is also the Verna C. Garvan Distinguished Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture 2021 for Fay Jones School.

The Fay Jones School Fall Lecture Series is presented in conjunction with Place diary, an internationally renowned online journal of architecture, landscape architecture and town planning, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division of the University of Alberta.

Registration for the full lecture series is available on Zoom.

In his talk, “Liminal Terrain”, Hoerr will examine how Terrain Work approaches creative proposals for landscapes that reside in spaces between disciplines, communities and experiences. This includes recent work such as InterPlay Park and Al Fresco Botanical Garden in Peoria, Illinois, and a series of interconnected landscapes accessible to the public in the Manhattanville factory district of West Harlem in New York City.

Hoerr’s professional and academic work explores how the innate capacity of the landscape to change creates new forms and emerging experiences that synthesize culture, nature and the built environment. He has led the design of a wide range of projects across five continents, from large-scale urban strategies reshaping the future of cities to small-scale landscapes that emphasize the construction trade.

He received his Masters in Landscape Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction and his Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Hoerr has taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design since 2016.

The school pursues continuing education credits for this conference through the American Institute of Architects.

This conference is open to the public. Entrance is free, with limited places. For details on how to watch the lecture online, please visit the Fay Jones School lectures page. To register for the entire online lecture series, complete this form on Zoom.

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