***VENUE CHANGE The Great Company***
The City and The River series is the theme of the 2016-17 joint school debate series that began last year with Drought and Beauty. Each event includes two lectures from prominent landscape architects and allied professionals (one based in L.A., one from elsewhere) followed by a moderated debate on a theme that will change annually. The upcoming debate is sponsored by Cal Poly Pomona Dept. of Landscape Architecture and co-hosted by USC Landscape Architecture + Urbansim, UCLA Extension Program in Landscape Architecture, Arid Lands Institute and Mia Lehrer and Associates. Reception is sponsored by Mark Susser, Atomic Irrigation Design. The series expands the conversation around urban issues critical to Los Angeles and familiar to designers and thinkers from all over the world. Guests are invited to share ideas, engage in dialogue, and speculate on future possibilities, questioning where we are now and where we are going.
SPEAKER: Arancha Muñoz Criado
Green Infrastructure ESRI
Arancha Muñoz-Criado is an architect and urban planner, Master in Landscape Architecture (Harvard 1992) with more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, projects and policy. As General Secretary for Urban Planning, Landscape and Environment of the Autonomous Region of Valencia, Spain, she developed and directed; The Sustainable Territorial Strategy for the Region, The Regional Green Infrastructure Plan and the Landscape and Urban Development Law which establishes Green Infrastructure as the framework for urban planning for the 550 municipalities of the region. Prior to her role in regional government, she was responsible for the design of major river corridors, coastal plans, parks, master plans, municipal plans for urban growth and conservation of cultural landscapes, and for regional and urban open space systems. She has recently led the rehabilitation of Wadi Al Aqeeq in Medinah, Saudi Arabia (Buro Happold), and the development of a Green Infrastructure Framework for the USA (ESRI).
SPEAKER: Celeste Cantú
Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
General Manager, for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) has been working on the crest-to-coast, corner-to- corner Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan called, One Water One Watershed (OWOW) that addresses all water-related issues, joins all entities and hundreds of stakeholders seeking to create a new vision of resiliency for the Santa Ana River Watershed.
SAWPA owns the Inland Empire Brine Line, an utility that collects salt from the upper watershed groundwater to improve water quality in the Santa Ana River and the lower watershed. The Brine Line supports over 4,000 commercial and industrial jobs in power plants, manufacturing to food preparation. The desaltors produce 50 million gallons a day of drinking water for the Inland Empire.
Celeste served as the Executive Director for the California State Water Resources Control Board, which is responsible for water rights and water quality for the State.Before that, Celeste served as the USDA Rural Development State Director for California. Celeste was born and raised in Calexico where she served as Planning Director and later as Executive Director for the Imperial Valley Housing Authority. Celeste has a BA from Yale in Urban Planning and Policy and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Temecula with her husband, Dr. Barry Stampfl, an English Professor at SDSU, Imperial Valley Campus. They have two adult sons.
MODERATOR: Stephanie Pincetl
California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA
Stephanie Pincetl is a Professor in Residence and founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Dr. Pincetl conducts research on environmental policies and governance is expert in bringing together interdisciplinary teams of researchers across the biophysical and engineering sciences with the social sciences to address problems of complex urban systems and environmental management. Dr Pincetl has written extensively about land use in California, environmental justice, habitat conservation efforts, water and energy policy.
Date and Time
The Great Company
1917 Bay St
(entrance from alley off Wilson between Violet and Bay). Free parking on surounding streets. DO NOT PARK IN ALLEY.
Los Angeles, CA 90021