Illustration showing different kinds of urban landscapes from dense streets to greenspace
– Courtesy of Sara Jensen Carr
April 22nd, 2020
4:00PM - 5:00PM

A recording of this program is available. 


Open House New York invites you to the launch of its new online series Conversations on the City, with OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner and Sara Jensen Carr, author of The Topography of Wellness: Health and the American Urban Landscape (University of Virginia Press, 2021), for a live conversation on epidemics.

The Topography of Wellness is a chronological narrative of how six epidemics transformed the American urban landscape, reflecting changing views of the power of design, the pathology of disease, and the epidemiology of the environment. From the infectious diseases of cholera and tuberculosis to the more complicated origins of today’s chronic diseases, this conversation will explore how illness and the responses to it have left their marks on the contemporary city.

Sara Jensen Carr is an assistant professor in architecture, urbanism, and landscape at the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. Her research, teaching, and practice examine both the tensions and potential of modifying the urban landscape for human health and social and environmental equity.


This conversation is free and open to the public and will be hosted live on GoToWebinar. Register to receive a link to the webinar.

Conversations on the City 2020 is a series of conversations about the enduring value of cities at a moment of uncertainty about the future of urban life. Each conversation is organized around a broad theme, but all will explore the abiding joy of living an urban life–why cities continue to thrive, what propels them forward, and why our need for the human connection that cities make possible will always prevail over whatever challenges that may arise.