CHRIS REED+MIKE BELLEME: Mise-en-Scene: The Lives and Afterlives of Urban Landscapes// 10.24.22



Conceived as a multidimensional investigation into “the social lives of urban landscapes,”Mise-en-Scène: The Lives & Afterlives of Urban Landscapes(ORO Editions) is a powerful collaboration between photographer Mike Belleme and landscape-urbanistChris Reed, professor in practice of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Designand founding director of Stoss Landscape Urbanism. The book is centered around seven case studies: Los Angeles, Galveston, St. Louis, Green Bay, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Boston. It intersperses photo essays by Belleme with selected maps, drawings, and wireframe renderings of projects fromStoss, along with essays from guest contributors, quotes from contemporary and historical writings on the city, and interviews with residents. Reed describesMise-en-Scèneas “a bit of a scrapbook, a collection of artifacts and documents that are not necessarily intended to create logical narratives, more intended as a curated collection of stuff that might reverberate, one thing off another, to offer multiplereadings, multiple musings, multiple futures on city-life.”Reed and Belleme present the Thaler Lecture in Landscape Architecture in coordination with an exhibition of works from Mise-en-Scene presented at the UVA School of Architecture’s Elmaleh Gallery.

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