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Growing the Greenbelt

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Presentation Times: 1:30, 2:15 and 3:45 pm  |  Room 543

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By Jia Lu | University of Toronto

What can designers and planners learn from resilience research to support the transition away from consumption and growth-driven paradigms?

As the climate change trajectory is already reaching critical tipping points or thresholds, threatening a regime shift out of the Holocene state, this presentation examines resilience-building configurations of sustainability strategies at the edge between suburban developments, agricultural lands, as well as protected forest patches and riparian corridors, where urban river headwaters, “white belt” and Greenbelt lands intersect.

Using a case study approach mixed with knowledge translation from the field of ecological resilience applied to landscape design, this presentation explores an alternative vision for contested lands, where growth and conservation policies collide.


About the Presenter

Jia LuJia Lu (MLA UofT) is an evaluator, resilience researcher, Olmsted Scholar, and Canada Graduate Scholar. Alongside her work with design offices, NGOs, and policy makers, Jia is researching the application of resilience principles in landscape design/planning to face climate-related uncertainty in collaboration with the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and the Urban Risk Lab at MIT.

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