Thursday, August 9, 2007: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Lower Level Lobby, San Jose McEnery Convention Center
FT 19 - Guadalupe River: Advancing ecological function in managed ecosystems
Applied ecological research holds great potential for informing the design and management of human modified landscapes. This field trip will complement a Thursday afternoon symposium on managed ecosystems. A walking tour of the Guadalupe River Project in San Jose will look at urban riparian habitats, and the integration of design and ecology to create public spaces that function in ecological terms. The Guadalupe River Project is within a few blocks of the convention center, so participants will walk to the project site through San Jose’s historic urban core which had a great influence on the project’s design. The tour will include discussions on the multiple stakeholders involved in the process, the goals of the designers and associated government regulators involved. The walking portion of this field trip will be followed by a discussion/charette with key practitioners focused on exploring the integration of design and ecology to create a functioning ecological environment within an urban system. Specific questions about logistics of this field trip should be directed to Alex Felson at the email address above. Comfortable walking shoes and field clothes for possible hot, sunny weather – bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and water. Guadalupe River Park and Gardens
Organizer:Alex Felson, EDAW - New York

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