Steve Austin, JD, ASLA, and clinical assistant professor for the School of Design and Construction, recently delivered the keynote address at the 2016 WASLA (Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects) conference.
Austin’s address, “Welcome to the Anthropocene: Our Reality and The Implications for Landscape Architecture,” focused on the Anthropocene – the human era – referring to the profound, but perhaps not unexpected, realization that humans are now the single most dominant force on the planet. Austin states, “in this era, we face both the consequences of, as well as the limits to, our actions. Past and present considered, we confront the stark, demanding, and unavoidable reality we face as both global citizens and landscape architects.”
The conference, held in Seattle, WA in March, was attended by several landscape architecture students who participated in tours, workshops, and professional development activities.