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Join Professor Jake Boswell for a presentation of his research exploring ideas of climate and climate modification in the 19th and early 20th centuries through two significant precedents: HWS Cleveland’s afforestation plans for the Western plain states and Daniel Bumham’s design for the U.S. colonial capital at Manila. Through extensive archival work on both projects, Jake Boswell reveals the ways that earlier social and scientific conceptions of climate impacted the way these designers shaped the built environment. He will conclude with an exploration of contemporary climate modification through a look at one of his ongoing projects.
Jake Boswell is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and chair of graduate studies at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Jake’s historical research traces social and scientific imaginaries of climate and their impact on design discourse. His speculative design work wrestles with the role of design in addressing climate change by seeking to modify climate at a variety of scales. Jake was awarded the 2018 Mellon Fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington DC, where the majority of the archival work presented in this talk was carried ut. He graduated from Gateway Senior High School in 1998 and is happy to be back in the library where he first learned to use microfiche.
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