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Earth Repair
A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration

Marcus Hall

Just as the restoration of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment sparked enormous controversy in the art world, so are environmental restorationists intensely divided when it comes to finding ways to rehabilitate damaged ecosystems. Although environmental restoration is quickly becoming a widespread... More


"The Most Segregated City in America"
City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920–1980

Charles E. Connerly

One of Planetizen’s Top Ten Books of 2006 "But for Birmingham," Fred Shuttleworth recalled President John F. Kennedy saying in June 1963 when he invited black leaders to meet with him, "we would not be here today." Birmingham is well known for its civil rights history, particularly for... More


The Great Valley Road of Virginia
Shenandoah Landscapes from Prehistory to the Present

Edited by Warren R. Hofstra and Karl Raitz

The Great Valley Road of Virginia chronicles the story of one of America’s oldest, most historic, and most geographically significant roads. Emphasized throughout the chapters is a concern for landscape character and the connection of the land to the people who traveled the road and to... More


City of Trees
The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C., Third Edition

Melanie Choukas Bradley and Polly Alexander. Text by Melanie Choukas-Bradley Illustrations by Polly Alexander

Washington, D.C., boasts more than three hundred species of trees from America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and City of Trees has been the authoritative guide for locating, identifying, and learning about them for more than twenty-five years. The third edition is fully revised, updated, and... More


City Trees
A Historical Geography from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century

Henry W. Lawrence

For those who have ever wondered why we have trees in cities or what makes the layout of cities like Paris and Amsterdam seem so memorable, City Trees: A Historical Geography from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century by Henry W. Lawrence provides a comprehensive and handsome guide... More


An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees
350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland

Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown

A thorough yet user-friendly companion to the authors’ popular paperback Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore—both books are the result of a ten-year collaboration—this volume is an exquisitely illustrated guide to 350 eastern woodland wildflowers and trees found on... More


Inventing American Modernism
Joseph Hudnut, Walter Gropius, and the Bauhaus Legacy at Harvard

Jill Pearlman

From the late 1930s to the early 1950s, the Harvard Graduate School of Design played a crucial role in shaping a new modern architecture and the modern city. Architects, planners, teachers, and students from all over the world looked to the new GSD, with its celebrated faculty and curriculum... More


The American Wilderness
Reflections on Nature Protection in the United States

Thomas R. Vale

Interpretations of wild nature and wilderness are particularly diverse in the American mind, given our history, our collective economic success, and our diverse social and cultural mix. Although the meanings we attribute to nature reflect our different views of the role humans should play in... More


Lots of Parking
Land Use in a Car Culture

John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle

When the automobile was first introduced, few Americans predicted its fundamental impact, not only on how people would travel, but on the American landscape itself. Instead of reducing the amount of wheeled transport on public roads, the advent of mass-produced cars caused congestion, at the... More


Cumberland Island National Seashore
A History of Conservation Conflict

Lary M. Dilsaver

Located off the coast of Georgia, Cumberland Island was once the retreat of some of America’s wealthiest families, most notably the family of Thomas Carnegie, brother of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, and his wife Lucy. The death in 1962 of their last child, Florence Carnegie Perkins, ended... More


Furious Flower
African-American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present

Joanne V. Gabbin, ed.

Furious Flower: African-American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present Edited by Joanne V. Gabbin The Furious Flower Conference of 1994 represented the largest gathering of African American writers at one event in nearly thirty years. In that crucial span of time,... More


Sugarloaf
The Mountain's History, Geology, and Natural Lore

Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown

Listen for the calls of nesting ravens and warblers, watch the growth of wild geranium and black cohosh, and savor the first autumn blush in the tupelo trees. Revel, as did Frank Lloyd Wright, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt—among generations of other amateur... More