In the context of rapid urban development, a changing climate, and the clarified political tensions of the day, the narratives embedded in the ecologies of memory can offer creative departures for contemporary design. Sara Zewde will discuss the recent design work of Studio Zewde in this context and reflect on the potential of landscape architecture to engage the biggest challenges of our society. Drawing upon the cultural narratives layered on the urban landscape and integrating community engagement with creative design processes, Zewde explores ways to create “enduring places where people belong.”

Sara Zwede is founding principal of Studio Zwede and Assistant Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Thaisa Way, Program Director for Garden & Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, serves as respondent.

Sponsored by Friends of Fairsted.