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Design, Art, and the Natural World: Thinking and Being Through Making [Video]

During the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Miami, landscape architect Roberto Rovira, professor at FIU and principal at Studio Roberto Rovira, shared his profound passion for the natural world, reflecting on the vibrant landscapes and ecosystems of South Florida.

Roberto commenced his talk by highlighting the unique beauty of South Florida’s landscapes, which may lack mountains but boast stunning skies and an irrepressible natural world teeming with life. He shared an inspiring image of a royal poinciana tree outside his studio window, symbolizing the resilience and vitality of nature.

Throughout his presentation, Roberto emphasized the transformative power of landscape architecture, showcasing various projects that merge design, art, and environmental stewardship. One notable project involved engaging communities in creating a landscape using hundreds of zip ties, allowing individuals to leave their mark and shape their environment.

Roberto also discussed the importance of technology in landscape design, particularly his work on the Ecological Atlas, a tool for understanding ecosystem dynamics and visualizing the impact of climate change. By cataloging and organizing thousands of species, the Eco Atlas enables designers to create resilient and sustainable landscapes.

Moreover, Roberto drew inspiration from art, using drawing and other mediums to explore landscapes and ecosystems. He shared examples of his work, including steel plates depicting landscape processes and custom-designed furniture integrated into outdoor spaces.

The presentation concluded with reflections on the beauty and resilience of Florida’s landscapes, despite the challenges they face, such as hurricanes and sea-level rise. Roberto highlighted the importance of embracing and preserving these landscapes, which serve as sources of inspiration and creativity.

Overall, Roberto Rovira’s presentation offered a compelling exploration of the intersection between design, art, and the natural world, emphasizing the role of landscape architecture in shaping sustainable and vibrant environments. Through his projects and insights, Roberto demonstrated the profound impact of thoughtful design on our relationship with the environment.


This video was filmed on January 23, 2024 as part of the Land8x8 Lightning Talks sponsored by Anova Furnishings.

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Matt Alcide, Affiliate ASLA is the Editor of Land8

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