American Univesity of Beirut

Forest and Water Urbanisms to Address Climate Change by Dr. Susan Kelly Shannon

​​​Dr. Susan Kelly Shannon visited FAFS and delivered a public presentation entitled ‘Forest and Water Urbanisms to Address Climate Change’ on April 26, 2018.

The lecture presented the contemporary condition of urbanism in a number of contexts (Belgium, Vietnam, US) where climate change is a primary challenge. It then proposed a series of principles to re-engage design as a form of resistance and specifically focus on projects that traverse scales from territorial reorganization to urban design. The case studies presented all have an inherent forest and water logic that is disturbed by new man-made and natural regimes.

About Dr. Shannon:

Kelly Shannon is a professor of urbanism at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at KU Leuven. Her design research is at the intersection of interpretative mapping, projective cartography, urbanism and landscape. Dr. Shannon’s research engages numerous contexts - Belgium, Estonia, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Morocco, etc., primarily in the public sector, focused on the development of robust landscape structures as a form of adaptation to deal with contemporary design challenges (particularly climate change) at the territorial and urban design scales. 

Dr. Shannon is the co-founder of OSA, Research Urbanism and Architecture, and co-led design research projects in Europe, Vietnam and the US.  She co-edits the book series UFO: Explorations of Urbanism (Park Books, Zurich) and she was an articles’ co-editor of the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA) from 2000-15 and co-authored The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure (2010).

Before entering academia, she obtained her architect's license (NY) and worked at Mitchell/Giurgola (NYC), Hunt Thompson (London), Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Genoa) and Gigantes Zenghelis (Athens). Dr. Shannon received a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture, from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Architecture, from the Berlage Institute, and a Doctorate in Applied Sciences: Architecture from KU Leuven.​

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