An illustrated talk by Paul Cawood Hellmund

April 7, 2015, 6:00 pm
Emerson Auditorium @ Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York


If, as suggested by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (April 2014), “…thousands of individual site-level development and design decisions can help achieve emissions reduction benefits, and not just large scale planning decisions,” then there is special impetus for ecological design and planning of sites everywhere. It’s not just climate destabilization that demands such whole-systems considerations in designing even small sites, but also food and water insecurity, species loss, and rapid urbanization.Professor Paul Cawood Hellmund is the president of the Conway School and director of its graduate program in sustainable landscape planning and design.

Much of his professional design career has focused on the re-imagining and reuse of contaminated lands. The Conway School, which offers a ten-month, intensive master of science degree in ecological design, is the only institution of its kind in North America. As a central part of their education, its graduate students work on real projects for real clients, and graduate with a portfolio of near-professional level work.