2017 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference

U.S. Pacific Northwest in Pacific Rim Perspective

September 15-17, 2017   |   University of Oregon   |   Portland, Oregon

Management of the nexus between cities and their surrounding landscapes is central to most pressing sustainability issues, including the degree to which connections to regional landscapes provide health, vitality and a sense of place to urban residents. Numerous “sustainable” solutions have failed due to lack of understanding of the city-landscape system as a whole. Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, the Association of the Pacific Rim Universities’ Sustainable Cities and Landscape Hub will explore the synergies and tradeoffs among different approaches to enhancing landscape-level sustainability and resilience in the face of continued urban growth and global climate change.

2017 Thematic Working Groups

APRU SCL provides attendees unique opportunities to participate in thematic working groups (WG). Members of each WG will work intensively throughout the conference to craft a collaborative paper on their theme. The WG papers are intended for submission for the first volume of a book series or journal publication.  

The 2017 Thematic Working Groups are:

From Urban Agriculture to New Urban Commons: Productive Landscapes and Infrastructural Ecologies
Jacques Abelman, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

The Chengdu Plain and Dujiangyan Irrigation District, Sichuan, China: A Case of City-Landscape Sustainability in Comparative Perspective
Dan Abramson, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington

Impacts of urban development patterns and climate change on habitat connectivity for Pacific salmon under future scenarios in the Pacific Northwest
Marina Alberti, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington

Redrawing Our Urban Waters
Adell Amos, Clayton R. Hess Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Oregon
Brook Muller, Professor of Architecture and Director of the UO Portland Architecture Program, University of Oregon

Urban Biodiversity
Isaac Brown, Doctoral Student, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California at Los Angeles
Bart Johnson, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

Resolving Conflicts of “Greens”:  Energy Planning for Sustainable Landscape Conservation
Yekang Ko, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

Sustainable Urban Design
Nico Larco, Associate Professor of Architecture, Co-Director of Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon

The Future of Urban Water and Sanitation
Kory Russel, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon

Sustainable Transportation in an Era of Autonomous Vehicles
Marc Schlossberg, Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management, Co-Director of Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon

Containing Urban Expansion Using “Boundaries” in the Era of Rapid Urbanization
Yizhao Yang, Associate Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon.

Transitions in Urban Waterfront Operations and Development
Ken Yocom, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington-Seattle 
Anne Taufen Wessells, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, University of Washington-Tacoma  
Nicole Faghin, Coastal Management Specialist, SEA Grant

How to participate?

APRU SCL provides attendees unique opportunities to participate in thematic working groups (WG). Members of each WG will work intensively throughout the conference to craft a collaborative paper on their theme. The WG papers are intended for submission for the first volume of a book series or journal publication.

Attendees who wish to join a working group should submit a 2-page CV including your recent publication record, accompanied by a one-page description of why you want to engage in the WG and your expertise in relation to it. WG applications will be reviewed by leader of each group. Visit the registration page to apply to join a Working Group. 

Important Dates

Applications deadline: May 15, 2017

Acceptance notification and registration opens: June 1, 2017

Priority registration due: July 1, 2017

Tentative agenda available: August 1, 2017

Conference dates: September 15-17, 2017

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit the Sustainable Cities and Landscape Hub web page for more information about the Hub.