From the vegetables planted in the vacant lots of Detroit to the explosion of Farmers Markets in New Mexico in the last generation, agriculture is coming back into the city. Hear about how agriculture in the city was once common place when Dorothée Imbert speaks on “Food and the City: Putting Today’s Urban Agriculture Renaissance in Historic Perspective.” This annual J. B. Jackson Lecture occurs on Friday, March 7th at 5:30 in the Garcia Auditorium of UNM’s Pearl Hall (across from the Frontier Restaurant).
Imbert is a leading landscape scholar and director of Landscape Architecture at Ohio State University. Her lecture will lay out a historical framework for understanding today’s urban agriculture revival by discussing the multiple scales, ideologies, and contexts of productive landscapes, from allotment gardens to new cities and regional plans.
The annual Jackson Lecture at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning honors J. B. Jackson, considered by many to be the father of Cultural Landscape Studies in the United States. The lecture also honors individuals, such as Imbert, who have made significant contributions to the field.
Imbert has carried out extensive research on landscape modernism with an emphasis on Europe and California, leading to the books The Modernist Garden in France (Yale, 1993), Garrett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living, co-authored with Marc Treib (California, 1996, 2005), and Between Garden and City: Landscape Modernism and Jean Canneel-Claes (Pittsburgh, 2009). She is currently editing the volume Food and the City for Dumbarton Oaks.
Image: Walled gardens, Montreuil, a suburb of Paris, about 1910. Courtesy: Dorothée Imbert.