Landscape Backstories

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Landscape Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8217, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Ellen Hostetter, Lisa Brownell
Chairs: Ellen Hostetter

Call for Submissions

We are looking for abstracts that describe a proposed paper presentation, 15-20 minutes in length. We are also interested to hear from potential discussants.


Every landscape has a backstory. The places we pass by everyday – the gas stations, strip malls, schools, houses, parks – have a history that might not be readily apparent from mere observation. This session is looking for papers that explore a particular kind of landscape backstory: the seemingly mundane financial, political, legal, and bureaucratic operations that create and shape the built environment. We are interested in papers that focus attention on builders, landowners, real estate agents, planners, lawyers, insurance actuaries; financial transactions, supply chains, contracts, laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations. With these backstories we hope to bring together three subfields: historical geography, cultural landscape studies, and legal geographies.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Matthew Liesch*, Central Michigan University, Jacob Kain, City of Mount Pleasant, MI, Suburban Sprawl to Overlay to Form-Based Code: Challenges Faced in Retrofitting Automobile-Dependent Commercial Corridor Land Uses in a College Town 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Ellen Hostetter*, University of Central Arkansas, Curbside Gasoline Pumps: A Landscape Backstory 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Lisa Brownell*, Ohio Development Services Agency, The Invisibility of Pre-Mennonite Settlement History in Mountain Lake, MN 1870-1890 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Anna Bierbrauer*, University of Colorado - Denver, Branches and Blooms: Japanese-style Gardens as an Acceptable Expression of Identity in the American West 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Erin Royals*, Rutgers University, “It’s Not About Race, It’s About Safety”: The Production of Racialized Nightlife Space in Kansas City, Missouri 20 9:20 AM

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