Video: Eric Sanderson pictures New York - before the City

Since being introduced to the concept of Landscape Ecology by Profesor Brook Muller at the University of Oregon, I have been fascinated by the blending of architecture and the environment. This fascinating talk takes a step back in time to visualize what life on Manhattan was like before the Europeans arrived. Using this knowledge as a base we can better design site specific architecture that is in complete harmony with the ecosystem around it. Think about what New York City would be in 100 years if nature was reintroduced as an integral infrastructure for the city - there are some visualizations of this concept at the end of the presentation. From
400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta's fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife -- accurate down to the block -- when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn't get delivery.

If you found this talk interesting check out this book: Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City



Brett said…
Liked it! It reminds me of a book photo-documenting the natural history of San Fransisco, how most of the indigenous habitats and natural features were obliterated as the city developed. I don't think it would be very hard to preserve natural streams, hills, and vegetation while developing, and these would be amenities for the inhabitants.
Lucas Gray said…
Exactly. It is amazing how much large cities alter the land they are on. Half of Tokyo is reclaimed land from the sea. None of the coastline of Manhattan is Natural anymore.
I did find that interesting. Thank you for posting it!

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