2017 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference

The 1st Annual Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference with the theme U.S. Pacific Northwest in Pacific Rim Perspective concluded on September 17, 2017. The conference was hosted by the University of Oregon and took place at the White Stag Building in Portland, Oregon.

120 speakers, guest, and delegates from over 11 economies in the Asia Pacific convened in Portland to consider and discuss the importance of the management of the nexus between cities and their surrounding landscapes to the most pressing sustainability issues. This includes 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 explored in this conference 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

The APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscape Hub provided attendees with the unique opportunity to participate in thematic working groups (WG). Members of each WG worked intensively throughout the conference with the view to craft collaborative outputs on their theme following the conference. The subsequent developed WG outputs are intended for submission for a book journal publication from the conference.  

The 2017 Thematic Working Groups were:

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

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
Marina Alberti, Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed University Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Washington
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
Linda Corkery, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of New South Wales

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

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For more information about the Hub, visit the Sustainable Cities and Landscape Hub web page