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UHC Lecture Series 2009 6) Recent Landscape Architecture Projects

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 · 7:00 PM

6. Recent Landscape Architecture Projects

Lecturer: Kees Lokman, Terry Guen Design Associates
Date/time: Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00pm
Location: Budlong Woods Branch of the Chicago Public Library
5630 N. Lincoln, Chicago, Illinois 60659

Lecture summary

Kees Lokman of Terry Guen Design Associates will discuss how growing up in a densely populated country, partially under sea level, has shaped his perception of landscape and what role landscape architects should play in re-shaping the post-industrial city. For a number of environmental, cultural, and economic reasons, landscape architecture has a unique chance to redefine itself as a more prominent design discipline. Besides traditional elements like gardens, parks and public outdoor spaces, the scope of today’s practice needs to take a progressive approach to prove it’s capable of operating in the spaces between architecture, infrastructural systems, and natural ecologies.

Kees will show a number of TGDA’s recent landscape and urban design projects within the Chicago region. These designs show complex and vigorous layering of different systematic and programmatic elements, yet they subtly allow a wide range of passive and active programs to rejuvenate and sustain the soul of an individual user, community, or city.

Speaker biography

Kees Lokman is a landscape and urban designer with Terry Guen Design Associates. He received both his BLA (2003) and MLA (2006) from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, a program built upon a strong Dutch planning and design tradition, providing innovative and environmentally sensitive solutions for multiple uses in a complex, densely populated hydrological delta landscape. His work includes redesign of urban post-war neighborhoods for contemporary use and ecological sustainability.

Kees’ project experience at TGDA includes Ecological Master Plans for the City of Chicago’s 130 acre Ford Calumet Environmental Center and the Village of Fontana (WI) Duck Pond Recreation Center. He is project designer for Aurora’s River Edge Park, which received a 2007 Illinois ASLA Honor Award. Additionally he is designer and project manager for several LEED rated CPS schools that focus on creating campus spaces which move students and staff through sustainable green environs as part of their daily site experience. Prior to joining Terry Guen Design Associates, Kees worked for renowned planting designer Piet Oudolf, a leading figure of the “New Wave Planting” movement and designer of the Lurie Garden in Chicago.

Recently Kees joined the faculty of Archeworks, alternative design school located in Chicago, where students work in multidisciplinary teams with nonprofit partners to create design solutions for social needs. He is leading the Little Village Pocket Parks Project; students are partnered with a group of community-based organizations in Chicago’s Little Village community to design of a series of new community-managed open spaces, or Pocket Parks.


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