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State College, Pennsylvania: Claudia West

  • Penn State University 121 Stuckeman Family Building University Park, PA USA (map)

"Planting in a Post-Wild World"

We are urbanizing at a pace unprecedented in human history-- where there were prairies and forest there are now developments and parking lots. The more nature we lose, the more we need it for our own well-being and for the future health of our planet. Landscape architects have the opportunity and responsibility to bring natural function and the spirit of wild landscapes back into our lives. The solution is built on a new form of planting that works with natural principles and marries horticulture with ecology. It requires plants to work together as resilient systems that meet the challenges of a post-wild reality and create truly livable cities.