Project Spotlight

Landscape Studies Initiative

Our initiative uses Landscape Studies as a transdisciplinary lens that bridges the humanities, biophysical and social sciences, and design disciplines to explore and understand entanglements in the human and non-human world. The UVA Landscape Studies Initiative builds on three strengths within the University of Virginia: the Center for Cultural Landscapes in the School of Architecture, the Environmental Humanities initiative within the College of Arts & Sciences, and the digital humanities expertise of the UVA Library. Deeper collaboration between these areas has been catalyzed by conversations with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers around the donation of her rare book collection in landscape history and the creation of a digital platform around her definitive textbook “Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History” (2001).

We seek funds to support student involvement in the pilot project of this initiative: a field visit and curricular program around Muskau Park in Germany.

Landscape Studies Initiative