Well-designed urban landscapes nurture creativity and well-being and can mitigate the negative effects of global change. Kofi Boone considers how we might work as communities to locally create landscapes that are equitable, just and sustaining.
Well-designed urban landscapes can nurture creativity and well-being and buffer or even help mitigate the negative effects of global change. But often, such landscapes are the exclusive purview of the wealthy. That needn’t be the case. Drawing insights from a recent, visionary paper outlining a history of Black landscape architecture, Kofi Boone considers how we might work as communities to locally create landscapes that are equitable, just and sustaining, even in light of global change. This video features cities/sites including Accra, Ghana (where Boone led a study abroad program), Detroit, Michigan (Kofi’s hometown), and cities in North Carolina.
Kofi Boone is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), a University Faculty Scholar and a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at NC State in the College of Design. Boone is a Detroit native and earned his bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and master’s degree in landscape architecture at University of Michigan. His work is in the overlap between landscape architecture and environmental justice with specializations in democratic design, digital media, and interpreting cultural landscapes.
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Boone, K. (2020). Notes Toward a History of Black Landscape Architecture. Places Journal, October 2020. Accessed 20 Jul 2021.
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