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Resilience: How Forests are Like Cities

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Midtown Athletic Club - Toshiba Room (2nd Floor)

200 East Highland Drive

Rochester, NY 14610

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Resiliency is a not about building bigger walls. It’s about designing systems that by their very nature embrace change as a creative force. The “sustainability” approach has allowed us to continue to “get away with” what we’ve always done, but it’s no longer enough. The concept of resiliency was developed in the field of ecology to study the relationship between form and process, and how these respond to stress. Whether a garden, forest, city, or any community, understanding the resiliency formula can help us prepare for unpredictability.

Mary Scipioni is a Landscape Architect and owner of Pebble-stream, her design consultancy. Mary has over 25 years experience working with firms in NYC, Massachusetts, and Milan, Italy. She has taught site design, urban design, and planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and RIT. During her eighteen years in Italy, she was on the start-up team of Italy’s first graduate design program for architects, Domus Academy. Mary has presented a TEDx talk in Rochester, It’s (Not) About Landscape Architecture, authored The Least You Need to Know About Landscape, Resiliency: Dynamic Urban Design Strategies, and Your Rad Garden.

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