Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Joern Langhorst presented a paper on “Rendering the Unseen: The Pragmatics, Aesthetics and Ethics of Place Representation” at the Biannual Conference of the Design Communication Association, hosted by Oklahoma State University. The paper addressed the implications of increasingly more capable media and technologies, as they can render qualities of designed spaces that are impossible to achieve in reality. In the quest for ever more “perfect” and seductive ways of rendering projects, ethical issues of empowering communities, stakeholders and clients being able to make informed decisions versus advertising and “selling” a project tend not to be acknowledged and discussed. The paper triggered an in-depth discussion that stated the need to develop principles for the use of visual media in the development and promotion of design projects.
Langhorst was also reappointed to the Board of Directors of the Design Communication Association, a professional society composed of academics from schools of architecture, landscape architecture, interior, graphic, product and industrial design, as well as some of the leading visualization professionals from the United States and abroad.