American Univesity of Beirut

Landscape Architecture in a Changing Climate by Andy Clayden

Andy Clayden, Senior Lecturer and Landscape Architect, University of Sheffield, UK, delivered the lecture: Landscape Architecture in a Changing Climate (September 11) at FAFS. Clayden’s research focuses on the design and management of cemetery and memorial landscapes. Clayden offered his personal reflections on his journey into Landscape Architecture, beginning with his home city of Coventry, a medieval city that was entirely reconstructed after serious bombing in World War II. During his talk, Clayden also discussed how the public realm is a way for re-energizing the city and providing it with an identity, questioning the character of today’s parks, and how these parks differ from those developed 10, 20, and 30 years ago..  The lecture also touched on Clayden’s research interests in cemetery design and management and what drew him to this area of study. The lecture concluded with an exploration of a number of projects recently implemented in Sheffield to address the challenges of a changing climate.

About the Speaker:

Andy Clayden is a senior lecturer and landscape architect at the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK. His research focuses on the design and management of cemetery and memorial landscapes with specific reference to the development of Natural Burial in the UK and military cemeteries of the Second World War. Landscape architects had a significant role in the design of these cemeteries and their work in controlling the design of space and movement, continues to shape how visitors experience these landscapes today. His teaching and practice is guided by an enthusiasm for working with materials and detailing and how this might project a more environmentally sensitive approach to design. The lecture will draw on a range of historic and contemporary projects that explore the contribution of landscape architecture and how it is responding to a changing climate.

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