Professor Andrew Newman
Presents on "From a 'Moroccan Court' to the 'Gardens of Aeolus': Transforming Nature, Culture, and Space in Immigrant Paris."
During the 1990s and 2000s, residents of a predominately West African and Maghrebi neighborhood in Paris waged a successful campaign to transform a brownfield site into a public green space. The resulting park--the Jardins d'Éole--was hailed internationally as an innovative example of ecologically sound urban redevelopment. However, as Andrew Newman's ethnographic research on the planning process for the park reveals, there was a profound disconnect between the environmental and cultural importance of the space for the residents and the goals of sustainable urban redevelopment. His presentation will detail the implications that these conflicting notions of environmentalism, nature, and culture have for green politics and social justice in the city.
Lecture: Friday, October 28, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. 445 Blegen Hall,