Saleem H. Ali: Trans-Boundary Peace Building: The Role of Architecture and Planning

Department of Architecture Fall 2011 Lunch Lecture Series

Saleem H. Ali is professor of environmental planning at the University of Vermont and the director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. His latest book is titled Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press). The World Economic Forum selected him as a "Young Global Leader" in 2011 and he was named an "emerging explorer" by the National Geographic Society in 2010. As a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, his efforts have focused on the establishment and constructive management of "peace parks." He received his doctorate in environmental planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, masters in environmental studies from Yale University, and a bachelor of science in chemistry from Tufts University. 

Ali will examine how political borders have constrained environmental planning for much of modern history. Yet, ecological approaches to regional planning have gained traction in recent years with specific international agreements being crafted around ecosystems. What is the role of architects in this move towards ecological regionalism? How might we incorporate themes from environmental peace-building within architecture for such borders in transition?

Pizza and drinks will be served. Open to all students, faculty, and the general public.