Mellon Forum March 1 - Charles Waldheim

Wed, Mar 1, 2017, 12:00 pm

Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory

Charles Waldheim, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Discussant: Rachael DeLue, Art & Archaeology, Princeton University

Moderator: Stan Allen, Architecture, Princeton University


Charles Waldheim is a Canadian-American architect and urbanist. Waldheim’s research examines the relations between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism. He is author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books on these subjects, and his writing has been published and translated internationally. Waldheim is John E. Irving Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he directs the School’s Office for Urbanization. Waldheim is recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship at the Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; the Cullinan Chair at Rice University; and the Sanders Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Waldheim will discuss his book Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory (Princeton University Press, 2016). It has become conventional to think of urbanism and landscape as opposing one another—or to think of landscape as merely providing temporary relief from urban life as shaped by buildings and infrastructure. But, driven in part by environmental concerns, landscape has recently emerged as a model and medium for the city, with some theorists arguing that landscape architects are the urbanists of our age. In Landscape as Urbanism, one of the field's pioneers presents a powerful case for rethinking the city through landscape. []


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