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The Softer Side of Sustainability

Fall 2011 Student Lecture Series: Martha Schwartz

The Softer Side of Sustainability

© Boston Architectural College; Video by: Matt Gelineau

October 18, 2011

Abstract: Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect and artist with major interests in cities and the urban landscape. Her work spans from site-specific art installations to working with cities at strategic planning levels. Her focus is on environmental sustainability and the creation of awareness about how the urban landscapes underwrites urban sustainability through functioning as the platform for a city's environmental, social and economic health. Schwartz is an advocate for how cities can help to reduce climate change and support a more sustainable approach to diminishing resources. Schwartz continues her devotion to the built environment through pushing new boundaries and expressions as a designer. She understands design as a method through which to create social buy-in and the creation of value for public spaces. She believes that design creates identity, sense of place and helps to differentiate ourselves in an ever-growing uniformity of place as a result of globalization.

As principal of Martha Schwartz Partners in Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, United Kingdom, she has over 30 years of experience as a landscape architect and artist on a wide variety of projects located around the world with a variety of world-renowned architects.