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Sunday Science Salon: People, Place, Design: Can We Achieve Thriving, Life-sustaining Urban Landscapes in the Hot, Dry West?

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 1:00pm
Natural History Museum of Utah | Swaner Forum

A portrait of Sarah Hinners.
By Sarah Jack Hinners, PhD., Director for Ecological Planning + Design at the University of Utah

We use the phrase “living in harmony with nature” as a standard to which we aspire in design, in thought, and in life more generally. What does it really mean? Can urban landscapes be places of both ecological and social health and vitality? Does locally-adapted design need to be devoid of green? As a scientist in a research lab, much of Dr. Hinners’ work centers on bridging the gap between academic research and real-world planning and design applications. Join her as she shares information about the Landscape Lab, a research and demonstration landscape, and ecological revitalization project. This 1.5-acre test of “best practices” in urban ecological design will teach us important lessons on how to adapt our human habitat to this remarkable place.  


Lectures and admission to Nature All Around Us are included with Museum admission and free for Museum Members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students. Seating is limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. 

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