Nature, Design, and Health: Explorations of a Landscape Architect is a personal narrative of David Kamp’s innovative and internationally influential design philosophy. Drawing upon his new book, this talk chronicles Kamp’s remarkable career dedicated to connecting people with nature regardless of their capabilities—from children with autism spectrum disorder to elders with cognitive and physical challenges. He has also explored these ideas in the larger realm, showing how engaging individuals in the stewardship of nature is a critical component of revitalizing parks, schools, and communities, and essential to sustaining international programs combating climate change. By putting personal health on a continuum with environmental health, Kamp demonstrates how designing with nature can instill a sense of hope and promise to help us build a more vibrant, resilient, and equitable future.
This program is presented by the Humanities Institute of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library.
Generous support provided by the Mellon Foundation
About the Speaker
David Kamp, FASLA, is the founding principal of Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC. His 40-year career involving practice, teaching, writing, and advocacy has been dedicated to promoting health through design with nature.
A Harvard Loeb Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow, and member of the National Academy of Design, Kamp has been internationally recognized through awards, publications, and documentaries. His book, Nature, Design, and Health: Explorations of a Landscape Architect, was published by Library of American Landscape History in August 2023.