Course description

A course in the making perception and future of the American environment emphasizing contemporary views in advertising news media geography and amateur and professional photography all as related to ordinary Americans especially farmers the military investors urban and suburban residents children and above all travelers. Topics range from streets villages railroads shopping malls and schools to backyards energy-efficient site design malls urban neighborhoods riverfronts crossroads and highways. The course emphasizes the big picture visual understanding of United States built form the myriad ways individuals see differently and why the way thoughtful observers find all sorts of secret knowledge and why looking acutely often produces glimpses of the future of things and cultural shifts.


  • Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape Development, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

  • Harvard Summer School

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