Stan Allen, the George Dutton '27 Professor of Architecture, is teaching the freshman seminar "American Places: Architecture, Landscape and the American Imagination" for the first time this semester.
“I have an ongoing interest in landscape and its role in forming the American imagination,” he said. His premise is that no single medium can adequately capture the complexity of the American imagination. “I conceived this course as an opportunity for students to learn through a wide variety of media — novels, films, poetry, as well as the usual visual material from art and architecture. The subject seemed to be crying out for a cross-disciplinary approach.”