Mar/01 Lecture
Rosetta S. Elkin

Rosetta S. Elkin

2022 Urbanism Spring Lecture Series
Tuesday, 1-March 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Co-hosted by the City Design & Development Program (CDD), SMArchS Urbanism Program and Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT.

This lecture, Entangled Politics of Afforestation, will be streamed online here. The webcast link includes a section where you can submit questions to the speaker for the Q&A period in real time.

Rosetta S. Elkin

McGill University

Rosetta is a designer and scholar who brings careful attention to the practices that endure between humans and landscape, in how societies represent, respect, and cultivate the earth. Her work suggests that most often, the practices that unite people and place are entrenched in their relationship to plants. This research is explored in “Plant Life: The Entangled Politics of Afforestation” (UMN, 2022). The publication reveals that planting a tree can either be one of the ultimate offerings to thriving on this planet, or one of the most extreme perversions of human agency over it. Rosetta established Practice Landscape as a collaborative studio that exemplifies how design can address the risk, injustice, and instability brought about by shifts in our shared climate. Projects establish practical and applied efforts, including ecological assessment, exhibition, open access publishing, and multi-disciplinary research projects that promote a more thoughtful and accountable research agenda. Rosetta’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Les Jardins de Metis, Chelsea Festival, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and in publications including Journal of Landscape Architecture, New Geographies, Harvard Design Magazine, Oase, Arnoldia and Lotus International. Rosetta also maintains affiliations with the Dumbarton Oaks Plant Humanities Initiative and is currently a Research Associate at the Harvard Arnold Arboretum.

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