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Bracken Lecture & Exhibit Opening: Local Office Landscape and Urban Design

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 6:00pm
Stuckeman Jury Space & Rouse Gallery

Co-founded in 2006 by landscape architect Jennifer Bolstad and urban designer Walter Meyer, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design (LOLA) is a science-driven design practice that prioritizes ecology and metrics as design drivers, and matches the principals’ expertise in landscape architecture and urban design with the expertise of the community – the “local” in Local Office.

From residential gardens on the dunes to coastal parks that employ sustainable technologies at the scale of urbanism, Local Office seeks to alleviate the impact of cities on the sea while protecting vulnerable communities from disturbances. The firm’s ecology-driven design work starts with modeling vulnerabilities – both atmospheric, such as storm surge, and anthropogenic, such as economic crisis – and exploring infrastructural solutions that offer multiple benefits. Once implemented, these projects provide performance metrics that can inform cost-benefit models and policy change.

Portrait of Jennifer Bolstad
Portrait of Walter Meyer