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“Empathy-Driven Design and 21st C. Social Spaces” @ the ASLA National Conference

LAND COLLECTIVE’s panel presentation, “Empathy-Driven Design and 21st Century Social Spaces” has been accepted for presentation at the American Society of Landscape Architect’s National Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado in November 2014. Presenting in collaboration with Anna Rose, Director of Space Syntax, and New York University sociologist Stéphane Tonnelat, David Rubin formed the panel to discuss the foundations of design and sociology in the creation of thriving public venues.

The panel submission states: “A successful space is one that’s well attended. Sociologist William Whyte utilized studies of human behavior to inform the design of late 20th century public spaces. In the context of the 21st century, a sociologist, a landscape architect and an urban designer discuss the opportunities and challenges of creating successful public spaces in which human interaction is promoted as the primary objective for design success.” Among the projects to be discussed will be David Rubin’s design for Canal Park in Washington, D.C.

David’s co-panelists are:

Anna Rose, Dipl Ing Arch, is a trained architect and specialist in urban design and masterplanning the public realm. She has extensive international experience advising both private and public sector clients in design development and the planning processes of public realm aspects of projects of all scales. She trained at RWTH Aachen, Germany and was an exchange student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.  Anna joined Space Syntax as a project consultant in 2002, and became a Director in 2007. Anna has lectured to architectural and landscape design audiences both in the UK, EU and USA. She is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow of University College London, has been leading a unit in the MArch Urban Design program at the Bartlett in 2010/11 and is a member of the UK Academy of Urbanism.

Stephane Tonnelat is a CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) research fellow at the Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CIRHUS), based at New York University. He conducts ethnographic research on various types of urban public spaces in Paris and New York. His main fields of investigation lie in urban interstices (wastelands, empty lots), parks and gardens, subways and ferries. He has also worked with landscape architects to design urban public spaces in Paris.