Michael Van Valkenburgh
President and CEO,
Brooklyn, United States
…the parks, trails, streets, open spaces, and green infrastructure that we are building now will profoundly affect how the world lives and works in the future.
With the city as the probable environment for three quarters of the world’s population in 2112, the parks, trails, streets, open spaces, and green infrastructure that we are building now will profoundly affect how the world lives and works in the future. Landscape architects from MVVA share their ideas about potential transformations in the way we experience urban landscapes, and discuss where the opportunities might be for meaningful improvements. Michael Van Valkenburgh, Matthew Urbanski, Gullivar Shepard, Danielle Choi and Nicholas Pevzner describe their aspirations for a future that is characterized by resourcefulness, ecological vitality, and urban landscapes that engage positively with natural systems.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Bio:
MVVA is a landscape architecture firm that creates environmentally sustainable and experientially rich places across a wide range of landscape scales, from city to campus to garden.
The firm’s collaborative approach and integrated design methodology ensures that the experience of MVVA’s built landscapes grows from, and is supported by, integrated sustainability, outstanding environmental performance, financial resourcefulness, material resilience, technical innovation, and material expression.
Michael's leadership of MVVA is an extension of his passion for landscape as a living artistic medium that deepens and enriches people's lives through the confluence of aesthetics, technology, and ecology. Having spent his adult life in Boston and New York, he has combined his love of cities and the energy of urban living with the lessons of his childhood on a dairy farm in rural New York State, where economy of means was prioritized.