Synopsis: In 1966, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson invited landscape architect Lawrence Halprin to re-imagine the Anacostia riverfront in Washington, D.C.
Start Time: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 4:00 PM
End Time: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 5:15 PM
Location: Institute For Food Nutrition & Health Ifnh
Address: 61 Dudley Road
Campus: George H. Cook
Room: 101
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Speaker: Jeanne Haffner
Sponsor: Department of Landscape Architecture
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
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Additional Information: The work was part of a campaign to beautify the nation’s capital, “the seat of democracy,” and provide a model for the beautification of cities across the country. Mrs. Johnson’s vision was not merely aesthetic, however; it was also social, political, and ecological. By enhancing the environments in which urban inhabitants lived, Mrs. Johnson sought to increase the quality of life for all citizens, and make the city of Washington more equitable. Halprin’s own interests in the intersection of democratic ideas and landscape design made him particularly well-suited for this project. While his plans were never realized, they offer a window into a question that landscape architects continue to grapple with today: How can shifting ideas about democracy be translated into the spatial realm?
Jeanne Haffner is currently Associate Curator of Hudson Rising, an exhibition that explores the environmental history of the Hudson River, at the New-York Historical Society (March 1 - August 4, 2019). Previously, she was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and has taught urban history and theory, environmental history, and the history of science and technology at Brown and Harvard Universities. She is the author of The View from Above: The Science of Social Space (MIT Press, 2013), an edited volume on landscape and housing (Routledge Press, forthcoming), a chapter in the Routledge Research Companion to Landscape Architecture (Routledge Press, 2018), and numerous articles on urbanism and landscape in publications such as Guardian Cities, Urban Omnibus, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.