The Topography of Wellness: How Health and Disease Shaped the American Landscape

April 29, 2021
5:30 PM
Location: Virtual Lecture Series
Newport, RI 02840

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Thursday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. EDT
Sara Jensen Carr
, Assistant Professor of Architecture and program director for the Master of Design in Sustainable Urban Environments program at Northeastern University

Our changing understanding of the reciprocal relationship between the environment and the body is reflected in the palimpsests of our urban landscape. Concepts of wellness, disease, and treatment have influenced urban design from the Industrial Revolution to today, and the results have ranged from successful to unintended incubations of the next generation of illnesses. As we face another rupture in the parallel histories of public health and the public realm, with the COVID-19 pandemic, examining our built environment through this lens is necessary to frame today’s most urgent questions.

About Sara Jensen Carr
Sara Jensen Carr is an architect, landscape architect and urban designer. Her work and research on the connections between urban landscape, human health, and social equity has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, Graham Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, among others. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the program director for the Master of Design in Sustainable Urban Environments program at Northeastern University. The title of Ms. Carr’s presentation is the same as her forthcoming publication, due out in June 2021 by University of Virginia Press.

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The Topography of Wellness: How Health and Disease Shaped the American Landscape