‘The Lungs of the City’: Green Space, Public Health and Bodily Metaphor in the Landscape of Urban Park History

Jones, Karen R. (2017) ‘The Lungs of the City’: Green Space, Public Health and Bodily Metaphor in the Landscape of Urban Park History. Environment and History, . ISSN 0967-3407. E-ISSN 1752-7023. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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New machinery, factory systems and a burgeoning population made the nineteenth century the era of the city. It also represented the coming of age of the city park. Across Europe and North America, elite spaces were opened to public access and new areas dedicated as ‘parks for the people.’ This paper offers a brief tour of green spaces across three iconic metropolitan sites – London, Paris and New York - to consider how the axioms of recreation, industrial modernity and public health operated in specific urban contexts. Of particular note is the fact that park planners embraced an holistic vision, often articulated via bodily metaphors, that incorporated both social and environmental aspects: thus behind apparently nostalgic visions for a pre-industrial bucolic greenery lay irrefutably modern approaches to urban planning that presaged twenty and twenty-first century holistic experiments in garden cities and ‘living homes.’ Also central to this study is the idea of the park as a liminal space and an eminently readable landscape: an evolving site of translation, negotiation and transformation that highlights the fertile ground of cross-disciplinary study and the benefits of a complex ecological history that involves close examination of place, action and imagery

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: park, landscape, health, urban. history, body, conservation
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Karen Jones
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 11:54 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 10:43 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62039 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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