Oregon | Places Prize Lecture: Sara Jensen Carr

Sara Jensen Carr lectures at the University of Oregon College of Design on October 25, 2021.
Sara Jensen Carr lectures at the University of Oregon College of Design on October 25, 2021.

In her Oregon | Places Prize lecture, “Water Is Wealth,” Sara Jensen Carr explored how environmentalists and activists in Honolulu are countering the long legacy of settler-colonial hydrological engineering through projects that integrate Indigenous ecological knowledge. Carr gave her public lecture on October 25 at the University of Oregon.

Carr is the first recipient of the award, which is a collaboration between the College of Design at the University of Oregon and Places. The biennial prize supports ambitious public scholarship on the large theme of power and place — on the practices, institutions, spaces, and aesthetics that encourage or obstruct the achievement of urban equity and environmental justice and on the relationship of the design disciplines to larger structures of power.

“The College of Design is extraordinarily fortunate to have had this opportunity to partner with Places Journal,” said Liska Chan, associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Design. “Carr’s topic and perspective will be of interest for folks in so many distinct but connected disciplines, including indigenous studies, ecology, environmental studies, as well as urban design and landscape architecture.”

See also Sara Jensen Carr’s Oregon | Places Prize article, Water Is Wealth.