Hyde Symposium

Thank you for all who participated. Video recordings of the symposium are linked below to each speaker.

The environment is a rich interaction between various participants in an ever-changing process of becoming. Humans have proven to be the most disruptive force in the environment, causing significant shifts and recalibrations in the creation of new normal(s). This complexity requires both a broad and deep understanding of the circumstances that create and recreates its nature.

The symposium, designed to bring a collection of voices together to share insight into this process, focuses on exploring how the currents of design, horticulture and ecology, respectively, collaborate to achieve important new environments. Four featured projects, each with two contributing presenters, serve as the vehicle for gaining greater insight into the interaction between those taking on the challenge of navigating the currents of change in the (re)creation of new environments.

Introduced by Nina-Marie Lister, the author of "Projective Ecologies", speaker teams including the Headwaters Corporation discussing Platte River Recovery efforts, the Minneapolis Parks Department and Field Operations discussing urban forestry and the Nicolette Mall project, Michael Van Valkenburgh’s office and Brightview discussing the design and construction of the ‘Gathering Place’ park in Tulsa, and the office Nelson Byrd and Woltz along with horticulturalist Patrick Cullina discussing the Hudson Yards project in New York. In conjunction with this symposium, an exhibition of the projects will be available to the public.

Hosted by the University of Nebraska's College of Architecture, School of Natural Resources and Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.


April 4, 2019

6:00 to 7:00 pm - Keynote speaker Nina-Marie Lister (College of Architecture Room 127)

7:00 to 7:30 pm - Reception (College of Architecture Link)

April 5, 2019

8:30 to 10:00 am - Team one presentation, ‘Platte River Recovery Implementation Program’, (College of Architecture Gallery)
David Baasch Ph.D., Headwaters Corporation
Tom Smrdel, Headwater Corporation

10:15 to 11:45 am - Team two presentation ‘Urban Forestry Minneapolis’/ Nicollet Mall’ (College of Architecture Gallery)
Philip Potyondy, City of Minneapolis
Eric Becker, Field Operations

12:00 to 1:00 pm - Lunch Break (College of Architecture Link)

1:15 to 2:45 pm - Team three presentation ‘Hudson Yards’ (College of Architecture Gallery)
Serena Nelson, Nelson Byrd and Woltz
Patrick Cullina, Horticulturalist

3:00 to 4:30 pm - Team four presentation ‘Gathering Place’, (College of Architecture Gallery)
Christopher Gates, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Matt Fisher, Brightview Landscape Development

4:30 to 6:00 pm - Dinner Break (College of Architecture, Kruger Gallery & Link)

6:00 to 8:00 pm - Panel Discussion w/ speakers moderated by Nina-Marie Lister (College of Architecture Gallery)
"Nexus: design, horticulture, ecology"


Nina-Marie Lister (Keynote Speaker) -Urban & Regional Planning Graduate Program Director & Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto. Founder, Ecological Design Lab. Click here to see presentation..

David Baasch Ph.D.  -Headwaters Corporation's Director of Biological and Ecological Services for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program. Click here to see presentation.

Tom Smrdel -Headwaters Corporation's Fluvial Geomorphologist for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program. Click here to see presentation.

Philip Potyondy -Sustainable Forestry Coordinator at the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Click here to see presentation.

Eric Becker -Registered Landscape Architect at James Corner Field Operations. Click here to see presentation here.

Serena Nelson -Registered Landscape Architect at Nelson Byrd Woltz. Click here to see presentation.

Patrick Cullina -Founder of Patrick Cullina Horticultural Design & Consulting. Click here to see presentation. 

Christopher Gates -Associate Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh. Click here to see presentation.

Matt Fisher -Branch Manager at BrightView Landscapes. Click to see presentation here.

Click here to see presentation.