Professor Jill Desimini joins as Program Director

September 21, 2022

Professor Jill Desimini joins UConn as Program Director and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture. Professor Desimini's research investigates design strategies for abandoned landscapes and devalued property, with an increased focus on climate, social systems, and the longview. She is the author of Cyclical City: Five Stories of Urban Transformation (UVA Press, 2022), From Fallow: 100 Ideas for Abandoned Urban Landscapes, (ORO 2019) co-author of Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary (PAP 2016).

She also directs Harvard Climate Justice Design Fellowship guiding emerging leaders to generate data and design tools to support their own environmental justice advocacy, research, service, or education work in communities across the US. You can follow the project on Instagram and learn more about all the new CAHNR faculty here.

Dr. Julia Smachylo attends Urban Forests conference

September 20, 2022

Dr. Smachylo recently attended the Urban Forests, Forest Urbanisms & Global Warming conference hosted by KU Leuven in Belgium. This three-day event brought together those working in the sciences, policy, and design to discuss the social and ecological challenges and possible futures surrounding our stewardship of forested environments. Dr. Smachylo’s presentation Legible Landscapes: Incentivizing Forest Knowledge and Action in Southern Ontario focused on shifts in environmental governance, the rise of forest management on private lands, and the extent to which incentive programs are activating landowners to embrace sustainable forest management.

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New Site Launched

March 19, 2020

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website. Built on the the university Aurora service, this new version of our site sports a modern look, faster loading times, and works on all mobile and tablet devices.