2015 Water in the Landscape Distinguished Seminar Series

Pond at Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville 

Between Working Trees & Trees of Mind:
The role of urban forests in green infrastructure and place making

Monday, March 23, 2015
Coffee Reception: 9-9:45 am
Seminar Time: 10-11:30 am
UF/IFAS Straughn Extension Professional Development Center

The Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology presents Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, head of the department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Konijnendijk van den Bosch will speak on "Between Working Trees and Trees of Mind: the role of urban forests in green infrastructure and place making."

The role of urban trees in making our cities more liveable, healthy, and resilient has become widely recognized. Trees are an important component, for example, of green infrastructure. However, an "engineering perspective" of urban trees as cleaners, coolers, and providers of shelter runs the risk of excluding the many cultural services provided by urban trees. Trees help create place and identity, and their very presence can make us feel happier and healthier. Based on research from across the world, this presentation assesses the changing role of urban trees over time and identifies current "urban tree discourses." Based on this analysis, a more comprehensive approach to urban forestry and its contributions to green infrastructure planning is suggested.

The Speaker

Dr. Francois Birgand, North Carolina State UniversityCecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch heads the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He is also part-time professor of green space management at the University of Copenhagen. Cecil is editor-in-chief of the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening and has published widely on urban forestry, green space governance, and the social and cultural roles of nature in urban society. He is currently president elect of AREA and a member of ISA's Science and Research Committee.

For additional information related to Dr. Konijnendijk van den Bosch's research program, please visit his webpage at the Research Gate website.

For additional details about Dr. Konijnendijk van den Bosch's visit, please contact Dr. Andrew Koeser or Dr. Michael Dukes.