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 to the history of trees in urban landscapes. Covering four centuries of development in the cities of Europe and America, this book shows how trees became integral to urban landscapes by looking at the historical evolution of the spaces in which they were planted and how these spaces were used.
Reflecting on the impact trees have had on what many consider to be the fundamental aspects of city lifepeople, buildings, social and economic activityLawrence draws on graphic materials, written descriptions, local histories, and archival research to provide a unique look at the tree’s role in urban landscape history. Primarily concerned with aesthetics, power, and national traditions, Lawrence reflects on the differing impacts city trees have had on multiple aspects of culture, from their roles as symbols and their representation of economic prosperity to the differing ways nations planted their trees, which gradually blended into an international style of urban planting.
Complete with fascinating illustrations, City Trees will appeal to those interested in urban history and geography as well as the general public interested in cities, cultural history, and landscape design.
About the Author
Henry W. Lawrence is Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
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""Urban silviculture here embellishes landscape architecture, urban design, and cultural history within the larger framework of geography: a major scholarly accomplishment, wonderfully free of jargon and graced by common sense." -- John R. StilgoeHarvard University, author of Outside Lies Magic and Lifeboat
"Urban silviculture here embellishes landscape architecture, urban design, and cultural history within the larger framework of geography: a major scholarly accomplishment, wonderfully free of jargon and graced by common sense.