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Conversations about Landscape: The City and the Ocean

November 6

Conversations about Landscape: The City and the Ocean

Exploring Blue Urbanism and Tools for Landscape Planning

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Location:  Exploratorium, Pier 15, Bay Observatory

Admission:  There is no cost to attend the Conversations about Landscape program, but you must RSVP to reserve a seat. To RSVP, call 415.528.4646.

Should all San Franciscans consider themselves citizens of the sea? That’s one of the principles of Blue Urbanism, an idea put forth by sustainable cities researcher Timothy Beatley. He says all urbanites should take the oceans into account in their urban planning, and develop emotional connections with and stewardship for the oceans. Beatley will discuss Blue Urbanism with conservation ecologist Eric Sanderson, historical ecologist Robin Grossinger, and historian John R. Gillis, who all bring different perspectives on sustainable urban development along shorelines. Audience questions are welcome.

Timothy Beatley is an internationally recognized sustainable city researcher and author.

Eric Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

John R. Gillis is a professor of history emeritus at Rutgers University and author of The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History.

Co-sponsored by the Studio for Urban Projects and the Seed Fund.


Conversations about Landscape brings together practitioners from the fields of geography, ecology, environmental arts and sciences, policy, and design to grapple with contemporary landscape questions. Speakers present their work and engage each other and the audience in conversation. The series is staged in the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory Gallery, which explores environmental change in the Bay Area and beyond. An informal reception before each talk offers time to explore exhibits and engage with the speakers, Observatory staff, and other guests. The series is funded by the Coastal Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Detail of 1859 U.S Coast Survey Map, courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection