1st Edition

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

Edited By

Jeanne Haffner

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ISBN 9781138504400
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
344 Pages 125 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 CO2 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. 

Table of Contents

Introduction. Housing and/as Landscape.

Jeanne Haffner

Part One: Shaping Society

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

Peter Ekman

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

Daniel Bluestone

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

Sara Jensen Carr

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

Sophie Hochhäusl

Chapter 5. Environmental Speculations: Landscape Suburbanism between housing and planning, 1920s-1940s.

Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago

Part Two: Shaping Individuals

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

Jennifer Mack

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

Ellen Braae and Henriette Steiner

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

Sonja Dümpelmann

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

Nicole C. Rudolph

Part Three: Shaping the Environment

Chapter 10. Re-thinking the Architecture of Dwelling: Shushtar-Nou (1975-85) and the Idea of the Persian Garden.

Mohamad Sedighi

Chapter 11. Reciprocal Interaction: Architecture and Landscape in the Early Work of Ian McHarg.

Kathleen John-Alder

Chapter 12. Roberto Burle Marx and the Modern Gardens of Brazilian Social Housing.

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

Chapter 13. Supermeasurement for Superarchitecture: Rethinking Landscape, Building Technology, and Dwelling for the Twenty-first Century.

Terri Peters

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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 & 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 GIS from the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis.