Empathy and Civic Spaces: Landscapes For Inclusion – David A. Rubin, Land Collective

On Friday, March 12, 12:00-1:15pm (CST) The University of Wisconsin-Madison ASLA Student Chapter is sponsoring a virtual guest lecture by David A. Rubin, founding principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective.

Our civic environments have seen a seminal shift in the use of public spaces, reflective of both increased density and ongoing social injustices. Landscape is one of the most politically rich disciplines and is reflective of culture – we define ourselves by the landscapes occupy. In an era when there is the aspiration to promote conversation, and therefore greater understanding, but proximity can mean illness or death, how do we describe thoughtful, empathetic spaces that reflect an equitable outcome? Empathy and design problem-solving are at the forefront of establishing great communities while reinforcing identity within the connective tissue of our robust cities.

David A. Rubin, PLA, FASLA, FAAR is the founding principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. David’s visionary contribution to the field in “empathy-driven design” is a hallmark of the studio, earning increasing renown for fusing issues of social justice in cities with excellence in the design of public spaces. Educated at Connecticut College and Harvard University, he has taught and lectured at a number of institutions. His projects have received awards and honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects, among others. David’s current work includes the National World War I Memorial, new comfort stations throughout the National Mall, and Franklin Park in Washington, D.C., multiple projects for the Fort Wayne Riverfront in Indiana, and a new plaza for Temple University in Philadelphia. His studio’s work includes diverse typologies in locations from Los Angeles to Rome.

Empathy and Civic Spaces: Landscapes For Inclusion
Friday, March 12, 12:00-1:15pm (CST)