This talk will present the possibility to conceive — through science, art, and design — of a different form of constructing our human habitat, establishing new paradigms for the present and future of our cities. This theory has been developed over the course of more than 42 years of continuous practice and theory, all based on the idea of “design with nature” which values interdisciplinarity and team work; sustainability and environmental ethic; equity and public participation; recycling, history, and precedent; and quality of design and beauty. With a ferocious and perseverant determination, created or transformed sites and places have been created, evidencing a balance between nature and structures, habitability and resilience, and past and present.
Mario G. Schjetnan is the recipient of the 2018 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award. He obtained a master’s in landscape architecture and urban design from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley in 1970. Schjetnan comes from a generation of late-20th-century architects, landscape architects, and urban planners who become aware of the environmental gravity of urban development and its consequences on planet Earth and its inhabitants. They created new theories and practices on the design of cities based on environmental knowledge and the impact on an inhabitant’s quality of life and well-being, and a new ethical and aesthetic relationship with the environment.