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The Topography of Wellness: Health and the American Urban Landscape

February 8, 2017 | Sara Carr

Top: David Johnson, “White Mountains from Conway, NH,” 1851 (MFA Boston); Bottom: Housing development outside Los Angeles, 1996 (from Treatises: Taking Measures across the American Landscape by James Corner. Photo by Alex Maclean)

Sara Jensen Carr is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and Office of Public Health Studies at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her teaching and research focuses on the connections between landscape and wellness, urban ecology and design. Her current book project, The Topography of Wellness: Health and the American Urban Landscape, examines landscape responses to six historical urban epidemics and the implication for current and future practice.

Carr holds a master of architecture from Tulane University, and a master of landscape architecture and PhD in environmental planning from University of California Berkeley, where she was the co-founding editor of the ASLA Award-winning GROUND UP Journal. She is a licensed architect who has worked professionally in New Orleans and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her research and representational work has been exhibited at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) gallery, the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.