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ISBN: HB: 9780300225785

Yale University Press

March 2019

328 pp.

25.4x17.8 cm

20 colour illus., 120 black&white illus.



Seeing Trees

A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin

Today, cities around the globe are planting street trees to mitigate the effects of climate change. However, as landscape historian Sonja Dumpelmann explains, this is not a new phenomenon. In her eye-opening work, Dumpelmann shows how New York City and Berlin began systematically planting trees to improve the urban climate during the nineteenth century, presenting the history of the practice within its larger social, cultural, and political contexts.

A unique integration of empirical research and theory, Dumpelmann's richly illustrated work uncovers this important untold story. Street trees – variously regarded as sanitizers, nuisances, upholders of virtue, economic engines, and more – reflect the changing relationship between humans and nonhuman nature in urban environments. Offering valuable insights and frameworks, this authoritative volume will be an important resource for years to come.

About the Author

Sonja Dumpelmann is associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and author or editor/co-editor of several books, including the 2015 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Book Prize-winner "Flights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design".