MLArch (UPenn), AB (Vassar)
As an educator in the built environment, I enjoy inspiring and challenging students to envision a better world and to think critically and creatively about urban landscape design. As the leader of the landscape architecture discipline for several years, I found it highly rewarding to design high-quality educational programs with colleagues from practice and across disciplines.
My overarching concern is the urban landscape and how it shapes our quality of life. I draw on perspectives from art history, urban history, design and heritage practice to inform my approach to education and research. I appreciate future-looking design and am particularly interested in the ways we adapt historic, redundant or polluted urban landscapes to create liveable, sustainable cities.
I am currently researching the politics of park production in the Sydney metropolitan region. My focus is the transformation of post-industrial sites to large urban public parks; I ask, ‘How has the city shaped its parks and how have these parks shaped the city?’
Catherine Evans has been teaching at UNSW since 2000. Prior to her appointment, she worked as a consultant on heritage landscapes in the Sydney area, and as a historical landscape architect with the US National Park Service. She has been the Director of Landscape Architecture from 2015. Currently she is a member of the Urban Typologies Research Cluster, and was the co-convenor of the BE Sustainable Design and Development Research Cluster for 2.5 years.
Catherine’s current research is focused on her dissertation in which she is applying an urban political ecology perspective to document the transformation of post-industrial sites in the Sydney metropolitan region. She is interested in the changing approaches to the planning, provision and design of large urban parks and new frameworks for the design and planning of urban green space. Questions about sustainable design permeate her research.
UNSW BE Faculty Research Grant 2010: ‘Park City Ecotones: Mapping the Dynamic Edge Conditions of Three Sydney Parklands’
UNSW BE Faculty Research Grant 2008: ‘Metropolitan Open Space in Sydney: Scoping and framing an environmental and planning history’.
Catherine teaches across the environment, design and history and theory streams of the Landscape Architecture Program. Current courses include Introduction to Landscape Architecture, Landscape Analysis, Landscape management, and Plants, Design and Ecology.
Evans C; Harvison T, 2014, 'Golf: A changing landscape', in Hogben P; O'Callaghan J (ed.), Leisure Space: The transformation of Sydney 1945-1970, edn. 1, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, pp. 162-177, https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/leisure-space-transformation-Sydney/
Evans C, 2014, '2014 Australasian Urban History/Planning History conference: landscapes and ecologies of urban and planning history', Planning Perspectives, 10.1080/02665433.2014.931815
Evans CB; Buchanan BL, 2003, 'Conserving Post World War II Designed Landscapes in Sydney, Australia: Issues and Approaches', Studies in Australian Garden History, vol. 1, pp. 21-33
Evans CB, 2003, 'Critical Opinion: Victoria Park', Landscape Architecture, vol. 23, pp. 12-14
Evans C, 2019, 'Challenges of Metropolitan Scale Green Infrastructure: The Sydney Green Grid', in Fabos J; Ahern J; Breger B; Eisenman T; Gharaibeh A; Jombach S; Kollanyi L; LIndhult M; Lynch A; Ryan R (eds.), Proceedings Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning Volume 6, Issue 1 (2019) Adapting to Expanding and Contracting Cities, Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning, Amherst MA USA, pp. 1-11, presented at Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning, Amherst MA USA, 28 - 30 March 2019, 10.7275/hg99-2q37
Mussi E; Steinmetz C; Evans C; Corkery L, 2018, 'The role of public participation in the future of Sydney Olympic Park as a sustainable place', Smart and Sustainable Built Environment Conference (SASBE), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, presented at Smart and Sustainable Built Environment Conference (SASBE), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 05 - 07 December 2018, https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/6e13f1_682d42481a4d4e08b9a046cfade9616a.pdf
Evans CB, 2016, 'Urban Ecosystems, Cultural Identity, and Urban Environmental Planning in 1980s Sydney: the making of Bicentennial Park', in Hein C (ed.), International Planning History Society Proceedings 17th IPHS Conference History Urbanism Resilience Vol 17 no 4, TU Delft Open, TU Delft, pp. 421-432, presented at 17th International Planning History Society Conference, TU Delft, 17 - 21 July 2016, 10.7480/iphs.2016.4.1307
Evans CB, 2016, 'Urban Parks, Urban Icons? The case of Bicentennial Park in Sydney', in Bosman C; Dedekorkut-Howes A (eds.), UHPH 2016 Proceedings of the 13th Australasion Urban History Planning History Conference, Australian Urban History and Planning History Group and Griffith University, Gold Coast, QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, pp. 505-514, presented at UHPH 16 Icons: the making, meaning and undoing of urban icons and iconic cities, QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 31 January - 03 February 2016, https://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/867298/UHPH16-Proceedings-FINAL-29-06-16-1.pdf
Evans CB, 2015, 'Urbanising Nature: A political ecology case study of Sydney Park', in Burton P; Shearer H (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2015: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Gold Coast, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2015, Gold Coast, 09 - 11 December 2015, http://soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Evans.pdf
Evans CB, 2014, 'How Public is Our Park: Assessing public-ness in Centennial Park Sydney, Australia.', in Proceedings of the 16th International Planning History Society, St. Augustine, Florida, Vol. 1 (on line)., 16th Conference of the International Planning History Society, The past as a guide to a sustainable future., St Augustine, Florida, pp. 264-275, presented at 16th Conference of the International Planning History Society, The past as a guide to a sustainable future., St Augustine, Florida, 20 - 23 July 2014, http://iphs2014.dcp.ufl.edu/documents/Final/IPHS%202014-%20Full%20Papers-Volume%201-Final.pdf
Evans C; Corkery L, 2014, 'Mapping Environmental Engagement and Practice in Australian Landscape Architecture: A Review of the National Awards Program', in Li M-H; Brabec E; Brooks KR; Clements T; Green WA; Horrigan P; Kim M; Kweon BS; LeBlue C; Manzo LC (eds.), Landscape Research Record, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, University of Texas, Austin, TX, pp. 149-159, presented at Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 27 - 30 March 2013, https://www.thecela.org/pdfs/Landscape_Research_Record_No.1.pdf
Evans CB, 2012, 'Social Values, ecological understandings and urban park making in Sydney', in Rice O; Edgerton E; Thwaites K (eds.), 22 IAPS Conference:Human Experience in the Natural and Built Environment: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice, Strathclyde University, Glasgow Scotland, pp. 165-165, presented at International Association People-Environemnt Studies, Glasgow Scotland, 24 - 29 June 2012
Evans CB; Freestone R, 2011, 'Policy Challenges for Metropolitan Greenspace in Sydney', in State of Australian Cities National Conference, Australian Sustainabile Cities and Regions Network (ASCRN), Melbourne, presented at 5th State of Australian Cities Conference 2011, Melbourne, 29 November - 02 December 2011
Corkery LF; Evans CB, 2010, 'Western Sydney Parklands: Creating Coherency from Diversity in a Greenway Corridor', in Proceedings of Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning 2010, Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of Landscape Planning and Regional Development, Budapest Hungary, pp. 477-484, presented at Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning, Budapest Hungary, 08 - 11 July 2010, http://fabos.uni-corvinus.hu/mod/resource/view.php?id=45
Evans CB, 2008, 'Corridor of Change : a case study in metropolitan open space planning', in Proceedings of International planning history 13th Biennial Conference - Public versus private planning: thenmes, trends, and tensions, 13th International Planning History Society(IPHS), Chicago, USA, presented at 13th International Planning History Society(IPHS), Chicago, USA, 10 - 13 July 2008
Evans CB, 2008, 'Preservation By Design: Approaches to Landscape Preservation in Sydney Australia', in Exploring the Boundaries of Historic Landscape Preservation:Proceedings of the 29th annual meeting of the alliance for historic landscape, 29th annual meeting of the alliance for historic landscape, University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, presented at 29th annual meeting of the alliance for historic landscape, University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, 01 April 2007
Quinlan AM; Demirbilek OR; Yip M; Pin R; Marshall NG; Watson BE; Evans CB; Corkery LF; Zou PX, 2007, 'Interacting Design Interpretations: Research:Learning:Design', in Ziehner R; Reidsema C (eds.), ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, Sydney, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 - 12 July 2007
Quinlan AM; Starfield S; Marshall NG; Demirbilek OR; Watson BE; Evans CB; Corkery LF; Zou PX, 2007, 'Sudents as Schilas: Weaving Threads of Understanding of the Final Year Undergraduate Research Experience:a case study from the Built Environment', in Kofod M; Takayama K (eds.), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, pp. 104-105, presented at International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, 02 - 05 July 2007
Wu C; Marshall N; Corkery L; Evans C; Zehner R, 2007, 'Urban wetland environment management: Public perception and evaluation', in Zou PXW; Newton S; Wang JY (eds.), PROCEEDINGS OF CRIOCM 2007 INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ON ADVANCEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND REAL ESTATE, VOLS 1 AND 2, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIV, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, pp. 39-49, presented at International Research Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM 2007), Sydney, AUSTRALIA, 08 - 13 August 2007, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000257937400004&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
Corkery LF; Evans CB, 2006, 'Park-City Effect: mapping the social and environmental ecotones of three Sydney parklands', in State of Australian Cities: National Conference 2005, 2nd State of Australian Cities Conference, Brisbane, Qld, presented at 2nd State of Australian Cities Conference, Brisbane, Qld, 30 November - 02 December 2005
Evans CB, 2006, 'SHIFTING TOWARDS NATURAL: THE TRANSFORMATION OF SYDNEY’S PUBLIC PARKS.', Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Vancouver, presented at Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Vancouver, 01 January 2006
Corkery LF; Evans CB, 2003, 'Partners in Place: Geography Informing the Practice and Teaching of landscape Architecture', in Proceeding of the New Zealand Geographical Society Conferences, 22nd New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Geography`s New Frontiers, University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, presented at 22nd New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Geography`s New Frontiers, University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 21 - 22 March 2003
Evans CB, 2002, 'Urbane Wilderness: Sydney`s Centennial Parklands as a Case Study', in Wild Cities: Urbane Wilderness Syposium, Wild Cities: Urbane Wilderness Syposium, Launceston, presented at Wild Cities: Urbane Wilderness Syposium, Launceston, 01 - 03 March 2002
Padgett Kjaersgaard S; Evans C; Harris M, 2019, Guide to Low Carbon Landscapes, http://builtbetter.org/node/7832, http://builtbetter.org/node/7832
Evans C; Andrews L; Mason D, 2016, Upper Terraces, Carradah Park, Waverton NSW: a review of landscape and planting design, North Sydney Council
Evans C, 2015, 2014 Australasian Urban History/Planning History conference: landscapes and ecologies of urban and planning history, 10.1080/02665433.2014.931815
Evans CB, 2013, Robust debate is needed on how to manage sustainability of parklands (Opinion)
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