Ian McHarg: Scottish Environmentalist and Author: A Celebration of Influence and Legacy
Central Library | Free.
This exhibition hopes to raise awareness of the Scot, Ian McHarg, his great positive influence within the wider narrative of the Scottish environmental tradition and his legacy that continues with the current work of landscape professionals in tackling climate change and creating resilient communities leading up to and beyond the COP26 Climate Change summit in Glasgow November 2021
It is the 50th year since the publication of Ian McHarg's seminal text 'Design with Nature'. The book had a huge impact on the profession of landscape architecture, shifting its focus from an aesthetic basis towards a large-scale ecological approach. The text also had a great influence on the wider associated professions of planning and ecology and led to the development of Landscape Urbanism, an approach that underpins many influential contemporary design practices today.
So far, McHarg's influence is well known in his adopted homeland of America due to his tireless efforts at the University of Pennsylvania and his TV series. Unfortunately, McHarg's legacy is less well known back in his homeland of Scotland despite his early teaching years at University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow and his huge impact on many Scottish students that chose to study under him as post-graduates at the University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition traces the link between his teaching in the USA, the Scottish students that studied under him and returned home to teach and practice in Scotland and his legacy that continues with current Landscape and Architecture practitioners working in the UK and worldwide.
Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.
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