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Renowned Artist and Environmental Designer Michael Singer to Speak at Mount Holyoke College

Renowned artist and environmental designer Michael Singer will present a talk titled “Creative Process: Environment, Infrastructure and Aesthetics,” on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Building on his Fall 2005 visit, this is a unique opportunity for the MHC community to continue its dialogue with Singer and to explore how environmental design and artistry could be used to enrich the MHC landscape.

Michael Singer’s work has been instrumental in transforming public art, architecture, landscape and planning projects into successful models for urban and ecological re-vision and renewal. By “putting the land back into landscape” (NY Times), he has redefined the practice of art and broadened its applicability to the development of public places, buildings, and infrastructure. His works integrate community needs, sustainable building principles, land-use planning, environmental responsibility, and aesthetic design.

In 1993, The New York Times chose Singer's design of a massive waste recycling and transfer center in Phoenix as one of the top eight design and architectural events of the year. By revealing the process of recycling, the center invites involvement in a facility normally closed to the public. Renewal and transformation are integral to all elements of the design: buildings, roads, landscape, water, and wildlife habitat. The project won several awards, and is credited with promoting aesthetic design excellence in the U.S.

Singer’s design of indoor and outdoor gardens for the Institute for Forestry and Nature (Alterra, IBN), Netherlands, has also been featured as a leading example of outstanding green sustainable design. The gardens work as the "lungs and kidneys" of the institute’s headquarters, cleaning air and gray water as well as providing climate control without air-conditioning.

Among Singer’s many other works are a sculptural floodwall and walkway that model river reclamation in Michigan, a large interior sculpture garden for the Denver International Airport, and co-generation power facilities. His plans define an “Urban Eco-Sustainable Network,” with habitat creation, education, recreation, water preservation, and urban agriculture as part of the electric generation facility and site.

A graduate of Cornell University, Michael Singer has received fellowships and awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Vermont State Governor’s Award for the Arts.

The event is presented by the Center for the Environment with support from the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

For more information, please contact: Mount Holyoke College Center for the Environment, (413) 538-3091

For more information on Michael Singer and to view his work visit

Center for the Environment
Talcott Greenhouse South
50 College Street
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone: 413-538-3091

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