SPOTLIGHT mini-series: Tropical TalkStory: Hardwood Hammocks and Aloha Art - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/NON-HSW)

Date: August 24, 2017

Time: 02:00PM - 03:00PM

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Tropical Hardwood Hammocks of the Florida Keys: Why Sustainable Landscapes are Vital for the Region

The tropical hardwood hammocks in the Florida Keys are vital to the regional ecology of North and South America. Migrating birds from the Northeast travel through this corridor to South America for the winter. The Keys are the last “spring board” to prepare for the oceanic flight. If we lose this habitat, biologists suggest that it will be detrimental to habitats from North to South America. How can landscape architecture create spaces for people to enjoy the Florida Keys environment and preserve it at the same time?

Learning objectives:

  • Understand why the tropical hardwood hammocks are a key component for migrating birds.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the details of the tropical hardwood hammocks: their historical plant community, soils, topographical map, water, and plants.
  • See how can we design an ecologically sensitive habitat for people, plants, and wildlife.

Aloha Public Art: Exploring Honolulu's Art Scene

The recent conclusion of the inaugural 2017 Honolulu Biennial art exhibit, a network of art installations throughout Downtown Honolulu, marks a milestone achievement in the development of a local contemporary art program. Hawaii's geography, culture, history, and tourism contribute to the unique art scene of the islands. "Living Aloha" is a cultural statement meaning mindful living and connecting to the land. This mantra is reflected in Hawaii’s people, art, and culture. As the public art scene continues to develop and emerge in cities across the world, landscape architects have a responsibility and opportunity to design spaces for art and cultural exchange.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain insight about the contemporary public art scene in Honolulu as a model for cities worldwide.
  • Understand how local culture, history, geography, economy, and tourism influence local contemporary artists.
  • Discover how landscape architects can lead the conversation about public art by designing spaces for artistic expression.

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