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Michael G. Lee F'17

Michael G. Lee

Reuben McCorkle Rainey Professor in the History of Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture
University of Virginia
last updated: 07/30/18

ACLS Fellowship Program 2017
Associate Professor
Landscape Architecture
University of Virginia
German Landscape and the Aesthetics of Administration: Peter Joseph Lenné and His Circle, 1815-1848

Landscape in nineteenth-century Germany was transformed by bureaucratic innovation. The effects of this new administrative vision were felt most keenly in Prussia, where the landscape designer Peter Joseph Lenné, together with a circle of reformers, developed a program of rural embellishment, urban planning, and aesthetic industrialization in response. Operating both within and against bureaucracy, they aimed to redress the deficiencies of rationalized land management by engineering a Prussian arcadia. This project analyzes the various registers within which bureaucratic culture inflected Lenné’s designs and the avenues through which he appropriated administrative tools, including institutional organizations and standardized representation techniques, to fashion a new landscape discourse.