Jeremy Foster

Jeremy Foster is interested in the opportunities the landscape medium offers for environmental understanding, interpretation, and design practice. Both his teaching and research are informed by "landscape thinking" — i.e., the representation, envisioning, and manipulation of 'nature.' However, his primary interest is the constructed environment as a whole, something made as much by those not trained in planning and design as by those who are. His research publications explore how built/grown landscapes, of varying scales — historical and contemporary — are produced and reproduced through the entanglement of cultural discourses, environmental processes, and material practices. At Cornell, Foster has taught and advised students in landscape architecture, planning, and architecture, as well as other disciplines, and participated in a number of Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities initiatives. Foster is trained as an architect and landscape architect and holds a Ph.D. in cultural and historical geography

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Socionature, biopower, and affect in the built/grown environment
  • Visual culture and geographical imagination
  • History, memory, and temporal consciousness

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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 2018)
  • 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 5115 Core Design Studio V: Bogotá’s los Cerros Orientales: constructing a sustainable relationship between city and nature (fall 2016)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Towards a post-historical landscape governmentality: refractory im/mobilities and multi-temporality at Paris' Jardins d'Eole," Geographic Research Forum 38, "Im/mobilities" (2018): 36–60.
  • "Dancing on the grave of industry: Wenders, Bausch and the affective re-performance of environmental history," Cultural Geographies 25, no. 2 (2018): 319–338.
  • "Affective ecologies of the present in the Western Front Dominion war memorials," in Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary, eds. D. Harvey and J. Wallis (London; Routledge, 2017), 135–155.