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HS15: Urban Natures


This interdisciplinary Working Group explores how natural landscapes and species are brought into urban contexts through art, architecture, design, and human life. What weedy forms of life take root in diverse urban contexts?

Open to New People

Active since: 2022

  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

In our second year, we hope to build on our past year's work by:

- Providing a place for interdisciplinary exchange;

- Providing a venue for scholars (particularly junior scholars) to share and receive constructive feedback on works in progress; and

- Building toward expanded collaborations between colleagues in and beyond the Central New York region. New members are always welcome.

Group Organizers

Chloe Ahmann

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Cornell University

Esra Akcan

Professor; Michael A. McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory, Department of Architecture, Cornell University

Romita Ray

Associate Professor, Art and Music Histories, Syracuse University

Timur Hammond

Assistant Professor of Geography, Syracuse University

Group Members

  • Lily Wong, Harry der Boghosian Fellow, Syracuse University
  • Margaretha Haughwout, Assistant Professor, Colgate University
  • Alex Nading, Associate Professor, Cornell University
  • Berin Golonu, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo

Group Outcomes

While some of us knew each other before the group began, our meetings provided the opportunity for new connections between junior faculty at Cornell, Syracuse, Colgate, and University at Buffalo. I think the group was especially valuable for a non-Corridor member, Berin Golonu. Her research overlaps considerably with faculty at Syracuse and Cornell but her position at University at Buffalo leaves her without regular interlocutors. We hope that future meetings will lead to more impacts.