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Ecology and Regional Design




Time & Venue

Monday, March 4, 2019 4:00pm – 6:00 pm

Zhong Ting (Bell Atrium) Auditorium

Building B, CAUP, Tongji University


Frederick STEINER

Dean, Penn Design

Co-Executive Director, The McHarg Center


Ming Tong, Prof., CAUP


Xiangning Li, Prof., CAUP

Zheng Tan, Assistant Prof., CAUP


Regional design—the shaping of physical form— in the Anthropocene demands ecological literacy in order to heal the wounds of the past and to create more healthy communities for the future. Concepts about designing regionally with nature predated the emergence of the science of ecology. As Darwinian ideas about evolution and fitness spread, designers and planners began applying biological theory—among them, Patrick Geddes, Benton MacKaye, and Ian McHarg. The theoretical origins continue to evolve through bioregions, urban and landscape ecology, megaregions, and ecosystem services. The practical outcomes include methods for ecological surveys, greenways, and ecological infrastructure.

Frederick Steiner


Dean, Paley Professor

Co-Executive Director, The McHarg Center

Frederick Steiner is Dean of the School of Design. Most recently, he served as Dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin for 15 years. Dean Steiner was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at Wageningen University, The Netherlands and a Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation at the American Academy in Rome. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and a Scholar at the Penn Institute for Urban Research. Dean Steiner was a presidential appointee to the national board of the American Institute of Architects and was on the Urban Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. Previously He worked on the Austin Comprehensive Plan (Imagine Austin) and on the campus plan for The University of Texas at Austin.