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Housing, Landscape, Environment

December 8, 2015 | Jeanne Haffner

Hufeisensiedlung, October 2015. Photo by Jeanne Haffner

Jeanne Haffner is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. A historian with special interests in urban planning history and theory, the history of science and technology, cultural geography, and environmental history, her work explores the intersection of environmental, social, and technological discourse and practice in the making of twentieth-century cities. Her first book, The View from Above: The Science of Social Space (MIT Press, 2013), which was awarded a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, examined the role of aerial photography in urban planning theory and practice in France, from the First World War to the French New Left. Her articles on urban transformation in contemporary cities in Europe and the United States have been published in the BBC, The Guardian, ARCH+, ArchitectureBoston, and Next City, and she has done short-term projects for the International Institute for Urban Development, the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Wohnforum-Center for Research on the Built Environment at the ETH in Zürich, and the Urban Land Institute. Currently, she has begun working on a history of “environment” and environmental planning in Europe and the United States from the turn of the twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first.