Intertidal zones are rapidly declining around the world due to development, reclamation, resource exploitation and pollution. These bands of land between the high and low tides provide a wide range of ecosystem services, support biodiversity both within and beyond their boundaries, and are often rich in sociocultural traditions and landscape management practices. Awareness of climate change and new ideas about environmental stewardship suggest a new lens through which to engage these contested sites and advance new sustainable, resilient strategies along our coasts.
This webinar engages with the dynamics of intertidal zones and their human and non-human inhabitants in two distinct regions along the Pacific Rim: Hong Kong at the edge of the Pearl River Delta and the Gulf of Tribuga, an area in the Pacific coast of Colombia. The presentations will address issues related to sociocultural practices of communities living in these landscapes, review ecological engineering strategies for regenerating hard coastal edges, and discuss the pedagogical methods that are cultivating rich design education through engagement with the intertidal zone.
Date & Time
January 26 at 5:30 pm (PST)
January 27 at 9:30 am (UTC+8)
Natalia Echeverri, The University of Hong Kong
- Pedro Aparicio Llorente, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Principal at APLO, Universidad de los Andes
- Dr Juan Carlos Astudillo, Research Associate, The State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution, City University of Hong Kong
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Natalia Echeverri , Senior Lecturer, MLA| PDLA Program Director of Division of Landscape Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Natalia Echeverri is Senior Lecturer and the director of the Master of Landscape Architecture and Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture programs in the Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Her teaching and research is focused on how historic and contemporary practices of urban design and landscape planning have engaged with issues of density, settlement, and climate dynamics in Hong Kong. She holds a Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Pedro Aparicio Llorente, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Principal at APLO, Universidad de los Andes
Pedro Aparicio is Principal at APLO Architecture & Landscape. He is adjunct faculty from the School of Architecture at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. He holds a Master in Design Studies – Urbanism, Landscape, Ecologies from Harvard University. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon researcher for the interdisciplinary project The Digital Now: Architecture and Intersectionality at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Dr Juan Carlos Astudillo, Research Associate, The State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution, City University of Hong Kong
Dr Juan Carlos Astudillo is a Research Associate at the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution, City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on marine conservation, biodiversity assessments and the use of ecological engineering for shoreline restoration. He has been actively involved in research restoration projects in Hong Kong and mainland China oriented to enhance the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of artificial shorelines. He is currently a Thematic Editor of the Hong Kong Register of Marine Species (HKRMS), a member of the Editorial Board of the scientific journal Maritime Technology and Research, and a founder member of the Hong Kong Marine Ecological Association.