Utilizing Solutionary Rail to harmonize urban & rural land use in Florida - an interview with landscape architect Robert Colón

Solutionary Rail hosts a presentation by Robert Colón, a landscape architect, titled "Ranches to Railways: An Adaptive Framework for Protecting Florida’s Heritage Landscapes in the Anthropocene."

Date: Thursday, October 15th

Time: 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern


Robert drew inspiration from Solutionary Rail to reimagine the Florida landscape. His visionary presentation connects the dots on urban planning, regenerative agriculture, and the Green New Deal.
Grounded in a long historical view of the destructive impacts of European settlement in what is now called Florida, the impacts of racial-capitalism, and the model of development that has further isolated people and communities creating an urban/rural divide, Robert Colón describes this reality and maps a way forward.
We are honored that he drew from Solutionary Rail an approach toward solving intersecting problems and applied that approach in a uniquely creative and inspiring, solutionary manner. We look forward to his presentation and the opportunity to discuss the vision for Florida and its relevance for other places. 

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Robert Colón (he/they) is a recent graduate of Florida International University’s Master’s of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design program and has been recognized as an Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. He has experience from the urban and landscape design firms Plusurbia and Savino & Miller. Robert completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Minor in Biology at Northeastern University and has worked in chemical and medical laboratory research, public health advocacy for people with Type 1 Diabetes like himself, academic publishing, and civics education.

Robert strives to use his unique position to be an effective communicator between the design and technical disciplines and between space makers and their users in order to create both performative sustainability and equity in the landscapes we share. Robert’s lived experience as a Latino, a queer person, and a person with a chronic illness and disability pushes him to challenge the industry’s community engagement practices and to advocate for intersectional community control.

October 15, 2020 at 10:00am - 11am
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