Teachers looking for a good way to portray urban sprawl, for geography and history classes, should take a look at this photo essay at the New York Times; unfortunately for teachers, Christoph Gielen’s stunning aerial landscapes cannot be copied for PowerPoint.
Gielen’s work is well known, and many of those same images can be found at other sites. Images to illustrate “urbanization” and “urban sprawl” from internet sources generally carry a lot more punch than the stock photos delivered with textbooks. Mind the copyrights.
- A Gielen exhibit at Culturehall
- Architect Alex MacLean also created stunning images of human developments on land, as portrayed in Harvard Magazine, in the January/February 2009 issue; MacLean’s book, Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point