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Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes

February 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Margie Ruddick, the pioneering landscape designer and author of  Wild by Design and acclaimed architect Robin Elmslie Osler meet at the crossroads of design, ecology and urbanism to explore whether nature, in all its unruly wildness, can be an integral part of everyday living. The discussion is moderated by Annette Rose-Shapiro the Managing Editor of MODERN Magazine.

In her beautifully illustrated book, Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick urges designers to look beyond the rules often imposed by both landscaping convention and sustainability checklists. Instead, she offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the entrenched belief that natural processes cannot complement high-level landscape design. A revealing look into the approach of one of sustainable landscape design’s most innovative practitioners, Wild by Design stretches the boundaries of landscape design, offering readers a set of broader, more flexible strategies and practical examples that allow for the unexpected exuberance of nature to be a welcome part of our gardens, parks, backyards, and cities.

Copies of Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes (Island Press, 2016) are available for purchase and signing at the end of the event.


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