My central interest is in the political nature of landscapes. The vast majority of my work focuses on landscapes as they relate to food, agriculture, and/or utopian thought.
Education, Licensure & Certifications
Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (2009)
Dissertation: John Nolen and his political ordering of landscapes supervised by John Dixon Hunt
Master of Science in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
Bachelor of.Architecture, Rice University (1995)
Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, Rice University (1993)
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2010, Merit Award for art.landscape.performance.life, Ellerslie Garden Show, Christchurch, New Zealand
2006, Special Initiatives Volunteer Award, Community Design Collaborative Philadelphia
April 2014; Pilot study: Inventory of the Urban Agricultural Potential for the Denver Metropolitan Area; University of Colorado Denver, Office of Research Services
Western Landscapes for Equitable Growth
Landscapes for Wicked Change
Landscape Architecture to the Rescue?
Community food systems
landscapes & agriculture
political nature of landscapes
Urban history and theory
My primary research at the moment is a book titled Landscape and Utopia which examines the role of landscape as the foundational political medium for Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City, Le Corbusier’s Radiant City, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre city proposals. I expect that it will be in print by early 2022.
Landscape and Utopia (in progress), “Utopia Landscape Food Utopia”.
Concluding chapter in edited book Handbook of Landscape and Food; Routledge, 2018., Beck, J. “Food and Form-of-Life: A Philosophical Argument for Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture”.
Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp. 1-13., published on-line January 9, 2017
Publications and Presentations
2014, “Landscape and Utopia,” paper presentation, Fifth International Conference on the Constructed Environment, Philadelphia
2014, “This is not a Site,” poster session, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture annual conference, Baltimore
2014, ”Research as Service Learning: Food on the Front Range,” paper presentation, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture annual conference, Baltimore
2013, “Food, Philosophy and Landscape,” paper presentation, Third Annual Conference on Food Studies, Austin
2013, “Oil and the Modern Social Imaginary,” paper presentation, American Association of Geographers annual conference, Los Angeles
2010, “Local Food Networks: A Source of Place-Based Community,” paper presentation, 48th Annual Making Cities Liveable Conference, Charlotte
“Lifeblood; Oil, Freedom and the Forces of Capital.” book review for Economic Geography, Vol. 90, No. 3 (July 2014) pp: 349-350