AWA AGORA Next Show October 22 12:30pm EST
Dear Friends and Colleagues
On October 22nd, we will talk with Martha Schwartz about “Geoengineering: Why Should You Care?” She is a landscape architect, urbanist, artist, and climate activist. She is also the Senior Partner at Martha Schwartz Partners and a tenured Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD.) I look forward to her sharing her thoughts on this topic and its impact on the future of our profession.
We will talk with Martha Schwartz about the following Topics:
- MAYDAY.EARTH (Martha’s New NGO)
- Geoengineering: Why Should You Care?
- Martha’s Reading List (HERE)
- Call To Action:
- Hold hands (working through this crisis, and making change, cannot be done alone- find friends or like-minded people to talk to.)
- Integrate- once you’ve learned more, start to think about how you can integrate this new information into your own skill-sets.
- Think beyond your ‘silo’
- Designers are great communicators (scientists are not- we need their knowledge, and they (and everyone) needs our help to communicate out what they are trying to say) (read ‘Losing Earth’ by Nathaniel Rich (PDF on-line)
- We can imagine things (like the future) that don’t exist
- We can build confidence and trust through storytelling, illustration, and compassion
- Creatives can integrate disparate pieces and put them together(make sense out of chaos)
I do hope you will join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 1230pm EST. If you can’t make it, please stay tuned for the recording that will be available on our YouTube channel HERE.
Design Principal l CEO
AWA Lighting Designers
About the Guest
Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect, urbanist, artist, and climate activist. Her work and teaching focuses on the urban public realm landscape and its importance in making cities “climate-ready”. For more than 40 years, she and the firm have completed projects around the globe, from site-specific art installations to public spaces, parks, and projects that focus on working with cities at strategic planning levels.
Ms. Schwartz is a tenured Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is a participant of the GSD Climate Change Working Group.
She is a founding member of the Working Group of Sustainable Cities at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, a founding member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation‘s “Working Group on Climate Change”, and has recently founded MAYDAY. Earth, a non-profit organization focused on educating non-scientists and generalists about geoengineering and global-scale solutions which can be integrated into practice, thus expanding the role of landscape architecture. Awarded the 2020 ASLA Design Medal, Ms. Schwartz is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Award from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for her outstanding contribution to UK design; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; the Women in Design Award for Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects; an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Ulster in Belfast, Ireland; a fellowship from the Urban Design Institute; visiting residencies at Radcliffe College and the American Academy in Rome; an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects; Council of Fellows Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects and most recently a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Boston Architectural College.
About the Host
Abhay M Wadhwa, founder and design principal of AWA Lighting Designers, sees lighting beyond its conventional purpose. Here, he crafts a story using lighting design and technology to create moments of experience, which factor into the psyche and emotions of those who work, live or visit the spaces designed by AWA. While doing so, he is seeking innovative solutions that challenge convention while augmenting the integrity of the architects’ vision. In doing so, pragmatic lighting design nestles comfortably with artistry. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the Graduate Lighting Design Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) esteemed Lighting Research Center (LRC) from 2003 to 2020. He is also the author of the recently released book “Contextualizing Light.”
Abhay founded AWA Lighting Designers in 2002. Abhay has been quietly focused on questioning the lighting zeitgeist ever since. Based in Hudson Yards, NY, he works extensively with the world’s leading architecture and design firms in the fields of commercial and mixed-use developments, urban planning, transportation, infrastructure, hospitality, and healthcare. He is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, educator, and author of numerous advanced light engineering and cultural lighting articles. He has worked with the United Nations Foundation on projects that address issues that marginalize many of the world’s population. Recently, he was invited to work with the Rural Haiti Project to improve the infrastructure, and in turn, the lives of its residents. He has also been referred to as the “Poet of Light” by a Canadian journalist and in lighter moments, he takes this title very seriously.