In conjunction with our exhibition Design By the Gallon: Architecture and Water Conservation, we are pleased to present this talk by Kevin Sloan, ASLA. We'll begin the evening with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by Kevin's talk at 6:30. $10 donation will be taken at the door. RSVP to info@DallasCFA.com.
In Parallels, Kevin Sloan will use a series of case studies to discuss decades of exploration
into the diffuse and spreading metropolitan pattern – its historically
unprecedented form, antagonism towards place and space, and ambiguous future.
For the first time in all of human history, the whole world, built and natural,
is being thought of as a one continuous landscape. The expectation for a green
and verdant landscape is cultural, and the pressure it applies on water use is
magnified by chronic drought, wildfires and the environmental fact that Dallas is
on the same latitude as North Africa.
An interest begun thirty years ago as co-author of a book on water conservation
Techniques has informed new landscape and planning prototypes designed by
Kevin Sloan Studio that will be shared as case studies. The work has been
awarded the ASLA’s highest Award of Excellence as well as receiving
International recognition from Eco-Structure as “One of seven innovative green
projects for 2009.” After twelve years of use, the 212 acre Sprint World
Headquarters has never had to buy one gallon of water for irrigation preserving
$4 million dollars.
Kevin Sloan, ASLA holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University
and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State. A 2000
Harvard Loeb Fellow finalist, he has taught architecture, landscape
architecture and urban design at Syracuse University in Florence Italy and
Syracuse, New York, and is currently a visiting assistant professor at the
University of Texas at Arlington. His professional practice, Kevin Sloan
Studio in Dallas, Texas, is keenly interested in making places and spaces for
the metropolitan city.