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RIGHTS OF WAY



REVIEWED BY SARAH COWLES
FROM THE MARCH 2019 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE.

Street trees occupy a shifting and contested dimension of cities. Whereas trees in parks and private gardens in cities are afforded a measure of stability and protection, street trees are literally on the front lines of urbanism, absorbing the impacts of changes in policy on errant cars. Street trees are surrounded: hemmed in by architecture, tree grates, cages, with leaking gas conduits at their roots and power lines teasing their crowns, soaked by deicing salt on one side and dog urine on the other.
Although there are field guides to street trees and technical manuals for planting and soil specifications, there is no comprehensive look at the culture and politics of the urban forest. Seeing Trees by Sonja Dümpelmann fills this void and unearths a detailed and complex vein of urban history that ?offers insights into how our relationships with both nature and the city have changed over time.? The collection of illustrated essays, divided into sections on New York and Berlin, is ?about street trees? literal and figurative entanglement not only in the built urban structure but also in the urban social, cultural, and political life as a whole.? Dümpelmann takes on an elusive spatial subject in landscape architecture history. Unlike a particular landscape ?unit? such as a park, garden, or river corridor, street trees are individual constituents of larger urban and regional masses of tree cov...
_MURLDELAFUENTE http://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/

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