Opening Reception: “John T. Lyle and the Future of Regenerative Design”

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Don B. Huntley Gallery

In conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, this exhibition focuses on understanding the work of landscape architect John T. Lyle as a pioneer in the field of regenerative design. 

Curated by his daughter, artist Cybele Lyle, the exhibition explores four major spheres of Lyle's work that each played a unique role in expanding his own vision and understanding of the role of landscape architecture as part of larger regenerative-based living.

The first focuses on his work in regenerative design within his own local community, which includes Lyle's role in the landscape architecture graduate department and the 606 studios, as well as his biggest project – the Center for Regenerative Studies. The second sphere is that of the private residence where Lyle explored regenerative systems on a smaller, more controlled scale using his own garden and studio, and other projects such as the Francis Dean and Ron Quinn residences. The third is concerned with the outside communities, in which he took the ideas of the Center out into other parts of the country, working with different climates, geographies and communities on projects such as Oberlin College, AMERC and Shalom Hill. The fourth sphere examines the span of his career is the realm of travel and discourse, addressing the role of exchange of ideas and influences all over the world through talks, lectures and teaching abroad. The exhibition concludes by looking towards the future by examining the relevance of Lyle's work in today's conversations and challenges around the state of the environment.

Location: Don B. Huntley Gallery (4th Floor, University Library)
Opening Reception: Oct. 17, 5-8 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 17-Dec. 8

Arriving early? Check out the yearlong exhibition celebrating John T. Lyle next door (Room 4434) organized by the University Special Collections Archives. The exhibit is open Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The reception and the duration of the exhbition is free and open to the public. See the 25th anniversary celebration's full program below:

Lyle Center 25th anniversary program