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Landscapes of Housing Design and Planning in the History of Environmental Thought

Edited By Jeanne Haffner Copyright 2022
    320 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    In the twenty-first century, housing has become a site of ecological experimentation and environmental remediation. From the vantage point of contemporary architecture, conservation concerns and emergent building science technologies support one another, with new processes and materials deployed to reduce energy usage, water consumption, and carbon dioxide emissions. Landscapes of Housing examines this trend in historical perspective, arguing for a more considered environmental vision that includes the organic, social, and cultural dimensions of landscape. By shifting the focus from architecture, the book highlights and critiques the relationship between dwelling and landscape itself. Contributors from a wide range of international perspectives propose a more integrative ecology that includes history, culture, society, and materiality, in addition to technology, within contemporary ecological housing programs. This book will be a resource for upper-level students, academics, and researchers in landscape architecture interested in the social and political implications of ecological housing.

    Introduction: Housing and/as Landscape

    Jeanne Haffner

    Part I: Shaping Society

    1. "This Scene Is Itself Living": Human Geography and the Ecologies of Dwelling, 1870–1970

    Peter Ekman

    2. The Chicago Alternative: Vernacular Forms for the Garden City

    Daniel Bluestone

    3. From Ecology to Pathology: The Landscapes of Midcentury Public Housing and the Shifting Grounds of Environment and Health

    Sara Jensen Carr

    4. From Garden Settlement to Cooperative Economy: Housing, Labor, and Socialization Theory in Vienna and Berlin, 1920–1925

    Sophie Hochhäusl

    5. Environmental Speculations: Landscape Suburbanism between Housing and Planning, 1920s–1940s

    Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago

    Part II: Shaping Individuals

    6. "Not Just Barberry:" A Political Ecology of the Swedish "Concrete Suburbs," 1960–1981

    Jennifer Mack

    7. Expanding Danish Welfare Landscapes: Steen Eiler Rasmussen and Tingbjerg Housing Estate

    Ellen Braae and Henriette Steiner

    8. Letting the Dust Settle: The Landscapes of Open Space in the Model Housing Developments QT8, Milan, and Hansaviertel, West-Berlin

    Sonja Dümpelmann

    9. French Housing and the Environment, 1945–1975: From Public Health to Private Space

    Nicole C. Rudolph

    Part III: Shaping the Environment

    10. Reciprocal Interaction: Architecture and Landscape in the Early Work of Ian McHarg

    Kathleen John-Alder

    11. Roberto Burle Marx and the Modern Gardens of Brazilian Social Housing

    Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

    12. Supermeasurement for Superarchitecture: Rethinking Landscape, Building Technology, and Dwelling for the Twenty-first Century

    Terri Peters


    Jeanne Haffner is Director and Chief Curator of the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center. She is the author of The View from Above: The Science of Social Space (2013) and has written for Arch+, BBC Radio 3, The Guardian, Urban Omnibus, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Hudson River Valley Review, and other publications. She was the inaugural postdoctoral fellow in urban landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Harvard) and has held visiting positions at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technical University in Berlin. She has taught at Harvard and Brown Universities and holds a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis.