DR. YEKANG KO
Associate Professor // University of Oregon Landscape Architecture
BLA Program Director // Association of Pacific Rim Universities
Co-Founder // Landscape for Humanity
Landscape for Humanity: How Landscape Architects Tackle Homelessness
Professor Ko will present the Landscape for Humanity (L4H), a design initiative run by the faculty, students, and graduates from the University of Oregon Landscape Architecture department. In particular, she will be sharing how L4H has been engaging with the Opportunity Village Eugene, a transitional micro-housing community in Eugene, Oregon, pre-and during the pandemic. Working with the City, community organizations, andvarious professionals, her interdisciplinary project team and students develop a landscape approach to identify sites and site design typologies for transitional housing communities. They propose multifunctional landscape design solutions that can contribute to generating sustainable revenue for the villagers. Using the L4H’s work as examples, she will demonstrate how landscape architects address the homelessness and housing crisis through systematic spatial planning, innovative design interventions, and a collaborative design process.