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Lecture: David Gouverneur

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
Stuckeman Jury Space

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the spring 2017 Stuckeman Lecture Series kicks off with what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking talk by international scholar and practitioner David Gouverneur. Join us at 6:00pm! This lecture is free and open to the public.

NOTE: The Department of Landscape Architecture will provide Pennsylvania Clock Hour certificates (1 total hour) for any PA-DE ASLA members who attend this education program.

David Gouverneur has taught at the University of Pennsylvania since 2002, and his professional practice focuses on urban plans and projects for historic districts, the rehabilitation of areas affected by extraordinary natural events, new centralities and mixed use districts, improvement of exiting informal settlements and planning ahead for emergent informal occupation, tourism/recreational areas, and the rehabilitation of cultural landscapes. He has lectured extensively, written articles and organized seminars and workshops, particularly in Latin-America for over three decades, motivating academics, professionals, and notably the general public to engage collectively in important issues affecting the urban arena, particularly addressing social inequalities, and environmental problems, and cultural erosion.

His current area of research focuses on the notion of Informal Armatures, an alternative method to address the rampant urbanization in developing countries where a high percentage of the population already lives, and will live, in self-constructed areas. In light of the limited success of conventional planning, urban, design and housing policies, Informal Armatures may prove to be a powerful tool to foster the sustainable growth of informal settlements, as the dominant form of territorial occupation in the developing world. The goal is to allow them to perform a la par and surpass the vitality, economic drive and environmental qualities of formal urbanization. The ideas are condensed in his most recent publication, Planning and design for New Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-constructed city.

Gouverneur received his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University (1980) and his B.Arch from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela (1977). He was Chair of the School of Architecture at Universidad Simón Bolívar (1987–91), as well as a professor in this School's Departments of Architecture and City and Regional Planning from 1980 to 2008. From 1991 to 1994, he was the Director, and from 1995 to 1996, the Adjunct Secretary of Urban Development of Venezuela. He was cofounder and professor of the Urban Design program and Director of the Mayor's Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, both created with the support of Harvard University, in Caracas, Venezuela (1996–2008).

David Gouverneur
Design-Build Workshop in a Syrian Refugee Camp, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Coordinators: David Gouverneur and Maria Gabriella Trovato.
David Gouverneur Book Cover
David Gouverneur Book Cover