People are invited to “Dream in Green” with
professionals, government officials, educators and students
at the inaugural Plain Green Conference on Sustainability
Sept. 25-26 in Sioux Falls.
The Plain Green Conference began Sept. 25 and continues from
8 a.m. Ð 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Washington
Pavilion, 301 S. Main Ave.
Conference activities include presentations on sustainable
architecture and promoting “green” lifestyles, workshops and
opportunities to wine, dine and network.
Two of the conference speakers include artist Matthew Moore
and architect Shane Coen.
Moore will offer the opening keynote address Sept. 25 and
describes himself as an artist, son of a farmer and farmer.
After witnessing the destruction of 400 acres of 70-year old
citrus trees on his family farm in Arizona, Moore turned his
attention to creating physical representations of rural and
metropolitan areas colliding. His current project,
Rotations: Moore Estate, is his largest to date.
The Moore Estate project is a one-third scale, organic
reconstruction of a housing subdivision built over a
previously owned section of his family's farm. Moore planted
sorghum to represent houses and black bearded wheat to
Coen will offer the keynote address on Sept. 26.
Coen is the founder of a nationally renowned landscape
architecture practice with studios in Minneapolis and New
York City. In 2003 Coen and his firm received a Progressive
Architecture Citation for redesigning Mayo Woodlands, a new
residential community in Rochester, Minn.
The award is given for revolutionary reinterpretation of a
standard subdivision and has only been presented once before
since the competition's inception 50 years ago.
The conference is a collaborative event organized by faculty
and students at South Dakota State University and
Koch-Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls. It is dedicated to
educating and encouraging people to practice sustainability,
the effort to conserve an ecological balance in the
environment by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
Further information, a conference program and a registration
form are available at www.plaingreenorg