American Curves: Nature, Race and the Origins of the Modern Highway - Kansas City Design Center Lecture

APA Kansas Chapter

#9112418

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7 p.m. CDT

Kansas City, MO, United States

CM | 1.25

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Overview

We tend to associate the emergence of the American expressway with the Eisenhower era and the Interstate highway program.  But the origins of the modern motor road date back much further, to a series of parkways built in Westchester County, New York in the 1920s.  The first of these, the Bronx River Parkway, was begun not as a road but as an effort to restore a terribly polluted waterway, led by one of the most problematic figures in American environmental history, Madison Grant.  This talk will explore the roots of the modern American highway, examine the individuals who brought it into being and unpack the design ideals that helped shape an infrastructure that would change the world.

Speakers

Thomas Campanella

Invited Speaker

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Thomas J. Campanella is a historian of city planning and the urban built environment. He teaches and writes about the culture-space nexus in a variety of contexts, seeking to explain the manifold agents, actors, and forces that have shaped urban landscapes around the world. Though ... Read More