Everyone in LA should have an equal opportunity of being eaten by a mountain lion

MIT Media Lab8th April 2011

In accepting the 2011 Kevin Lynch Award at MIT, Randy Hester gave a provocative speech about the enduring importance of urban design. Here is my tweetroll from the event.

18:06
At the 2011 Kevin Lynch Award Ceremony @MIT Media Lab, intro by Andres Sevtsuk.

18:30
Randolph T. Hester wins Kevin Lynch Award @MIT – giving powerful talk abt risks of virtual capital that doesn’t care for “place”. #urbanism

18:34
RH – everyone may not care about greenhouse gases but everyone cares about #nature – concern for nature is the gateway to ecologicalism.

18:38
RH – there is a paradox btwn ecology & democracy and a need to harness the paradox, leading to new, recombinant urban/ecological aesthetics.

18:40
RH – it’s not about designing urban or landscape but both. Everyone in LA should have an equal opportunity of being eaten by a mountain lion.

18:44
RH – the most important map to make is of the community’s “sacred places”, typically including a centre and a natural boundary. #urbanism

18:46
RH – conflict is the most valuable form of creativity, more valuable than policy or humour. #urbanism

18:49
RH – second most important map to make is the Power Map – showing the interconnectivities between the key players. #urbanism

18:52
RH – native wisdom combined with abstract ecological theory is very powerful and only comes from including people in the process. #urbanism

19:04
Randolph T Hester defines sustainability: “enabling form, sustainable form and impelling form” – utilitas, firmitas, venustas? #urbanism

19:13
RH responds to #RTPI president: it would be really unfortunate for UK regional govt to be abolished – scares the bejeezus out of me. #planning

19:15
Randolph T Hester – we need to plan around watersheds – why we need regional #planning.

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