Sara Jensen Carr, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, has been contributing to the important conversations surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, sharing her valuable insight from a design perspective. As the virus continues to spread, and as cities around the world continue to shut down, many architecture and design experts are exploring the relationship between disease and public space – and the potential value of physical spaces, like public parks, during an epidemic.
Professor Carr’s upcoming book, The Topography of Wellness: Health and the American Urban Landscape, dives into a similar topic, examining landscape responses to six historical urban epidemics and the implication for current and future practice. She has been able to apply this research – as well as her broader research about the connections between landscape, human health, urban ecology, and design – to current discussions taking place as the world continues to respond to, and find ways to prevent the increased spread of, coronavirus.
Her contributions have been featured in the following:
The New York Times
Density Is Normally Good for Us. That Will Be True After Coronavirus, Too.
How we can redesign cities to fight future pandemics
The Boston Globe
Cities in the age of coronavirus, and after
Disruptive social distancing for another 12 months
Landscape Architecture Magazine
In Public: Honolulu
WNYC’s The Takeaway
Is the Coronavirus Changing How We Look At Public Spaces?
The Topography of Wellness: Health and the American Urban Landscape is being released next year from the University of Virginia Press. In 2019, Professor Carr won a Graham Foundation grant to support the book. Last year, she was also recognized as the first recipient of the biennial Oregon | Places Prize from the University of Oregon in partnership with Places Journal.