Jeremy Foster

Trained as an architect, landscape architect, and cultural geographer, Foster is interested in the opportunities the landscape medium — simultaneously, an assemblage of material processes, a space of representation, and a vehicle of discourse — offers for transdisciplinary study. Both his teaching and research are informed by the cultural, environmental, and biopolitical consequences of landscape thinking. Foster has taught design studios addressing a wide variety of global urban landscapes, as well as courses on the history and theory of landscape and urban design; the interplay between representation and materiality in cultures of landscape and imaginary geographies; cities, biopolitics and socio-natures; the performative and affective dimensions of built/grown environments; the geographies of architecture, and how these are being rearticulated through globalization. Foster's current research and writing focus on the relationship between climate, history, and the affective atmospheres of cities.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3308/4408/6308 Special Topics in Architecture, Culture, and Society: Convivial Constructions This course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Architecture, Culture and Society. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .(spring 2017)
  • ARCH 5402 Special Topics in Architecture, Culture and Society: Relating Culture to Architecture in a Globalized World Social and cultural values are both reflected in buildings, landscapes, and cities, and constructed by them. At the same time, this articulation of people and built environments is framed by general socio-economic and political systems of ordering that often transcend locale. This course explores how these complexities might impact design practice, drawing on concepts and methods from disciplines such as anthropology, geography and cultural studies, as well as architectural history and theory, and referring to examples from around the world. (fall 2016)
  • ARCH 4408/3308/6308 Special Topics in Architecture, Culture, Society and Theory: Cities and Natures: Landscapes, Ecologies, EnvironmentsThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Architecture, Culture and Society. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage . (spring 2015)
  • ARCH 4101/5101/5115/7912 Vertical Option Studio; Floating Cities: Mekong (with Prof. Lily Chi) This course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Architecture, Culture and Society. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .(fall 2014)
  • ARCH 4408/3308/6308 Special Topics in Architecture, Culture, Society, and Theory: Architecture's Geographies: Spatializing Discourse, Practice, and MaterialityThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Architecture, Culture and Society. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage . (spring 2014)
  • ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation: Place_Affect: representing the "more-than-representational" (fall 2013)
  • ARCH 5115 Core Design Studio V: Nanterre Paperterie: Towards a New Urban ClimateThese studios use an expanded form of design practice to address meta-issues in global urbanism. They recognize that architectural production is becoming increasingly heterogeneous and networked, and that real-world projects are seldom defined by site boundaries, or the work of a single profession. On-site design research and speculation are used to situate projects within larger social, political and environmental systems, creatively engage the perspectives of other actors shaping the built environment, and opportunistically orchestrate real world processes and interactions.   (fall 2013)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Affective Ecologies of the Present in the Western Front Dominion War Memorials," forthcoming, in Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary, eds. D. Harvey and J. Wallis (London: Routledge, 2017)
  • "From Table Mountain to Hoerikwaggo: re-imagining Africa's 'first landscape,'" in Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa, ed. J. Beardsley (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks, 2016)
  • "Spectral denivelations: la mémoire du rail and topographical excess at the Jardins d'Éole," Journal of Landscape Architecture 13 (spring 2012): 68–83