Inter-Sections: Landscape Architecture and the Environment

Photo courtesy of Chris Reed

Landscape Architecture and the Environment: The Aesthetics of Sustainability

How can landscape design be more than a beautiful backdrop to buildings and weave together human activity, natural forces, and the built environment? 

Join us for an animated conversation between Chris Reed, founder and director of landscape firm Stoss, and Alex Matthiessen, president of eco-political consulting firm, Blue Marble Project. The conversation will address how architects, landscape designers, creatives, and community representatives can work together in a more holistic context to implement low-impact and regenerative projects.The program is planned in conjunction with Landscape Pleasures, the Parrish’s weekend horticultural symposium.


Chris Reed is founder and director of Stoss. His innovative, hybridized approach to public space and landscape design has been recognized internationally, and he has been invited to participate in competitions and installations worldwide. Reed's research interests include the impact of ecological sciences on design thinking, and city-making strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics; he is co-editor of a recently published volume of research and drawing titled Projective Ecologies. Reed is currently Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design Program. 

Alex Matthiessen is president of eco-political consulting firm, Blue Marble Project. He is an environmentalist and campaign strategist who has lead large-scale environmental stewardship initiatives across sectors, including building New York’s leading clean water nonprofit, Riverkeeper, into an advocacy powerhouse. Alex has served as advisor to New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer’s transition team, directed grassroots programming at the Rainforest Action Network, and served as a politically appointed special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He developed and launched Green Energy Parks, a joint program of the National Park Service and Department of Energy, for which he received a White House Presidential Award.

Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation is a new program series at the Parrish that pairs architects and leading practitioners with thinkers from a variety of disciplines to explore design solutions for cultural, infrastructural, environmental, social, and geopolitical challenges. Inter-Sections brings together diverse voices, communities, and interest groups concerned with building and designing for a vibrant and sustainable future on the East End and beyond. Talks, panels, symposia, workshops, think tanks and special projects will foster an open dialogue and exchange in the fields of architecture, art, landscape design, technology, science, new media, academia, government, public policy, and others.

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, Bridgehampton National Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder. Modern Luxury's BEACH Magazine is the media sponsor for Friday nights.

Inter-Sections: Landscape Architecture and the Environment
The Aesthetics of Sustainability
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:00pm
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$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students
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