RAMALLAH FRIENDS MEETING |
The Landscape of the Occupation:
Divergence and Convergence
-- Conflicting Lanscape Narratives in Palestine --
Monday, December 3
Friends International Center in Ramallah
Ramallah Friends Meetinghouse
Main Street, Ramallah, Palestine
Larry Harder is a landscape architect who teaches in the Landscape Architecture Program in the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. What motivates Larry is to understand the interaction of physical and cultural forces through the passage of time.
Larry has instructed graduates and undergraduates in landscape architectural design, landscape history, and cultural landscape analysis, amongst other design and technical courses. He has initiated many studio projects which have addressed issues from sustainable development, urban revitalization, parks, and school grounds, to cultural and spiritual landscapes.
Larry has also been professionally involved in a range of environmental planning and landscape design projects which have included community planning, landscape planning and cultural landscape studies, visual resource management, sustainable community development for First Nation communities, naturalization, industrial land reclamation, eco-tourism development and many others.
Larry's current interests are in post-war and post-disaster reconstruction, focusing on the cultural landscape and human rights and justice issues, and the ethical role of professionals. In the summer of 2006, he spent three months as a human rights volunteer in Palestine and Israel, living in a small village in Palestine and observing the landscape issues in a conflict zone.
Larry is a Canadian and holds an MLA from Harvard and a BES from University of Manitoba.