The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture’s Fall 2022 Lecture Series explores a range of issues vital to the study and practice of architecture, design, and the built environment. Featuring a dynamic slate of speakers each semester and with all lectures open to the public, this series plays an integral role in fostering intellectual curiosity and the open exchange of ideas, both inside and outside the classroom.
Rosetta S. Elkin, Practice Landscape, Pratt Institute
As a designer and a scholar, Elkin’s work aims to elevate the role of plants in human life by exploring the concealed characteristics of non-human behavior. Her work experiments with the ways in which we compose our worlds, blurring the traditional boundaries between research and practice. Drawing on a decade of multidisciplinary research, Elkin’s lecture will address the scalar ambitions of landscape architecture by unpacking the rise of tree-planting campaigns, as described in her recent publication Plant Life: The Entangled Politics of Afforestation. By exposing the human tendency to fix or solve environmental matters by exploiting other organisms, the work reexamines the relationship between human and plant life, revealing that afforestation is not an ecological act; rather, it is deliberately political and distressingly social.