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Ann Komara

“‘Les Promenades de Paris’: Reception of Alphand’s Urban Landscapes and Treatise”

Ann Komara

University of Colorado Denver, Garden and Landscape Studies Fellow

Komara’s research at Dumbarton Oaks aims to produce three related essays that contextualize the reception and cultural production of meaning inherent to the landscape designs of J. C. A. Alphand. The first analyzes period images and texts that place the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in its cultural milieu, revealing implications and changing meaning of the term “picturesque” to define the park. The second uses photographic postcards to explore reception through the constructs of everyday life and social activities. The third traces the impact of Alphand’s contributions to landscape and urban design through the international reception of his influential treatise cataloging the transformation of Second Empire Paris, Les Promenades de Paris (1867).

Ann Komara is a professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Colorado Denver, and has also practiced professionally. Her teaching and research interests focus on the design and history of landscapes and cities, landscape theory, and cultural landscapes. Her publications on designed and vernacular landscapes include Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). She chaired the Department of Landscape Architecture from 2009 to 2019, has held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks and the Camargo Foundation, and was a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellow in Finland.