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“Thinking Like a Forest: Cities as Living Systems,” a panel discussion with Dawn Danby, David McConville, and Andy Lipkis
April 22, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Our concluding presentation will celebrate Earth Day by asking urban forestry pioneer Andy Lipkis, what does it mean to live in a city and think like a forest? By demonstrating how to simulate forest watershed ecosystems, Lipkis’s life work has transformed the design of water and waste infrastructures to better hold urban ecosystems intact. Lipkis’s transformative encounter with trees as a teenager led to a 50-year effort to revive the ecosystems of Los Angeles through his creation of TreePeople, a global leader in adapting cities for sustainable living. Along with his current collaborators, regenerative designers Dawn Danby and David McConville, Lipkis will discuss how ecological principles based on symbiotic relations are informing their work to re-imagine urban landscapes as living systems.