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Humans in the Landscape:

The pandemic years of 2020 and 2021 are reinforcing for all what psychologists and environmental advocates have long stated: being outside is quite literally healing. Many have turned to the natural environment seeking spiritual and physical restoration.

As people continue to seek solace in outdoor environments, from public to private to accidental spaces, we have learned that the landscape is healing us, and are learning to appreciate how it, in return, needs to be healed. We are beginning to understand that interaction with the landscape is molded by our own cultures, diversity and origins.

In 2021, the Landscape Symposium explores the complexity of our interactions with the natural world: as much as we need it, it needs our care and attention. We’ve invited three practitioners, researchers and thinkers who are deeply engaged in how urban space is accessed and made central to humans to explore this complex relationship and begin a conversation that will resonate at many different levels and tones.

In-Person Ticket: $30 pp includes breaks and lunch

Virtual Ticket: $30 pp includes live virtual webinar and ability to access the recording for a limited time after the event

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Friday, November 5, 2021
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Event Details

Humans in the Landscape: Heal the Land, Heal OurselvesEach speaker addresses different threads in the story of humans in the landscape:

  • Opening and closing meditation, Nana Korantemah
  • Landscape as a community bond: Meghan Z. Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Landscape as the expression of many cultures; deepening the cultural narrative and planning for bio-resilience: Sara Lamb, 6th Year Ph.D. Candidate, Landscape Architecture Program, Virginia Tech
  • Landscape as a bridge to access to the experience of healing: Elizabeth R. M. Diehl, University of Florida School of Environmental Horticulture, Director of Therapeutic Horticulture, Wilmot Botanical Garden

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