April 6, 2016
This talk addresses the nature of what Stoss does as a practice generated from ideas and centered on design, and as a hybrid studio informed and cross-pollinated by research, experimentation, and teaching. At the core of this is a dogged interest in the various ways landscape-living, breathing, operative-might play a more formative role in the reimagining and remaking of cities, public spaces, and metropolitan regions. In an era of climate change, rapid urbanization, social inequities, and cultural debate, landscape offers a profound and functional and inventive starting point for re-thinking the ways we live.
Chris Reed is the founding principal of Stoss. His innovative, hybridized approach to public space has been recognized internationally, and he has been invited to participate in competitions and installations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Middle East, Taiwan, and China. Reed's research interests include the impact of ecological sciences on design thinking, and city-making strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics; he is co-editor of a recently published volume of research and drawing titled Projective Ecologies. Reed received a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Urban Studies from Harvard College. He is currently associate professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.