Sara Jensen Carr: Embodied Environments – Oct 21

Posted by Thomas Jefferson University on October 13, 2020

Sara Jensen Carr explores how disease has historically affected urban design practice and what role the current pandemic might play in altering the built environment. Our changing understanding of the reciprocal relationship between the environment and the body is reflected in the palimpsest of our urban landscape. Concepts of wellness, disease, and treatment have influenced design from the Industrial Revolution to today, the results ranging from successful to unwittingly incubating the next generation of illnesses. As we face another epoch in the parallel histories of public health and the public realm, examining our built environment through this lens is necessary to frame today’s urgent questions of social equity, climate change, and post-pandemic design practice.

Sara Jensen Carr, PhD, ASLA, is Assistant Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and Landscape and Program Director, Master of Design in Sustainable Urban Environments in the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. Carr’s forthcoming book, The Topography of Wellness: Health and the American Urban Landscape (University of Virginia Press, Fall 2020) examines how landscape and architecture have responded to six historical urban epidemics, from cholera to obesity.

This talk and Q+A will be moderated by Grace Ong Yan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Interior Design and Interior Architecture Programs at Thomas Jefferson University.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 21, 5-6 p.m.

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