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Flights of Imagination: Aviation and Innovation in Twentieth-Century Landscape Design and Planning

Sonja Dümpelmann, University of Maryland, Fellow 2010/11

The Dumbarton Oaks fellowship enabled me to make major progress on my book project Flights of Imagination: Aviation and Innovation in Twentieth-Century Landscape Design and Planning. While I was able to read and interpret primary and secondary sources that I had collected in previous years, the fellowship also provided me with the time, peace and quiet to write, revise and restructure several chapter drafts. The time at Dumbarton Oaks for which I am very grateful also greatly facilitated the collection of more material for the remaining chapters from the on-site collection, through interlibrary loan and by visiting some of the archives and libraries in the area, notably the collections and manuscript division of the Library of Congress. Progress on the chapters led me to reframe the book's intention and focus it more clearly on the relationship between landscape/urban design and aviation. Conversations with and presentations by John Beardsley, Michael Lee, my fellow Fellows Nurit Lissovsky, James Nisbet, James Schissel, and Anatole Tchikine, and several visiting scholars inspired me to further stress certain aspects in my research that would probably otherwise not have received this amount of attention.

Bird's-eye view showing airport landscaping. Watercolor by the landscape architect John Jacob Spoon, 1930.Bird's-eye view showing airport landscaping. Watercolor by the landscape architect John Jacob Spoon, 1930.

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