Charting the American Bottom Exhibit
Institution:Washington University in St. Louis,
This exhibition brings together photographs by Jennifer Colten with historical and interpretive text edited and written by Jesse Vogler, who made excursions into the margins of the East St. Louis flood plane over the past year, occupying and recording its traces.
Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation
Food and the City explores the physical, social, and political relations between the production of food and urban settlements. Edited by Dorothée Imbert, its thirteen essays discuss the multiple scales and ideologies of productive landscapes--from market gardens in sixteenth-century Paris to polder planning near mid-twentieth century Amsterdam to opportunistic agriculture in today's Global South--and underscore the symbiotic connection between productive landscape and urban form across times and geographies.
Frontiers in Urban Landscape Research
Doctoral candidates in advanced stages of writing dissertations on topics in the history and design of urban landscapes were invited to share selected aspects of their work with each other and with senior designers and scholars in the field.
Harvard-Dumbarton Oaks Semester-Long Fellowships
Dumbarton Oaks, affiliated with the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is one of the few institutions in the world with a program devoted to garden and landscape studies that is targeted at both humanities scholars and landscape practitioners. The Mellon Fellowships are intended to expand significantly the opportunities for both of these groups, building constructive dialogue between them about the history and future of urban landscapes.
It’s All Happening So Fast
Institution:Canadian Centre for Architecture,
In an age of unprecedented human impact on the planet, certain countries stand out for their privileged positions and the complexity of their relationships with the land. Presenting case studies of environmental disasters and activist responses, the exhibition It’s All Happening So Fast explored Canadians’ often conflicted and conflicting views of the “natural” environment.
New York Botanical Garden Fellowships
River Cities: Historical and Contemporary
Institution:University of the Witwatersrand,
There are many places in South Africa that are connected through their names with sites of conflict around the world. Beirut in Alexandra, Johannesburg is just one example and was named when hostel violence erupted in the area in the early 1990s and references the Lebanese civil war. Svea Josephy presents photographic diptychs and triptychs accompanied by texts, which explore what these connections mean to the communities that adopted these names.
The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities
Institution:New York Botanical Garden,
This symposium explored the concept of novel ecosystems that are the result of urban development, and asked if these much-maligned accidents of unbridled growth could ultimately mitigate the impacts of environmental change and re-introduce the wonder of nature in cities.