Before the City: urban landscapes

This week everyone gets off easy — it’s midterm season, so we’ll watch a video. This TED talk looks at New York City: Before the City.

A few things to get you thinking:

  • How do we perceive urban environments? Do we often consider what the landscape might have been? What species might have been there?
  • Can information, in this case a map, help bring about a greater connection between people and their environment?
  • Imagine that you are walking down 9th Street 400 years ago. What do you see?

Everyone is welcome to bring their own environmental video favorites and we will discuss what you bring. Have a great week!

The Reading and Media Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the second floor lounge of Memorial Union. New readers are always welcome.

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