Synopsis: Today, cities around the globe are planting street trees to mitigate the effects of climate change. However, as Sonja Dümpelmann will explain in this lecture, this is not a new phenomenon.
Start Time: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:00 PM
End Time: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 5:00 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: Sonja Dumpelmann
Sponsor: Department of Landscape Architecture
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
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Contact Phone: (848) 932-9311
Additional Information: Focusing on New York City and Berlin, Germany, she will show how cities began systematically planting trees to improve the urban climate during the nineteenth century, presenting the history of the practice within its larger social, cultural, and political contexts. Street trees–variously regarded as sanitizers, nuisances, upholders of virtue, design elements, economic engines, habitat, and more–reflect the changing relationship between humans and nonhuman nature in urban environments.
Sonja Dümpelmann is a landscape historian and Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. Her work focuses on nineteenth, twentieth, and contemporary urban landscapes and environments in the Western world. She is the author and editor of numerous books, most recently Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin (Yale Univ. Press, 2019; John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize). She lectures internationally and has served as President of the Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and serves as Senior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington DC.