Sep/22 Lecture
Louise Mozingo

Pastoral Capitalism: Corporations, Suburbs, and the Metropolitan Landscape

Constructed by powerful global corporations and speculative developers, offices were the last of the center city land uses to emerge in the suburbs after housing, manufacturing, and retail commerce. They emerged from the intersection of three forces: the structure of corporate management; decentralization of American cities; and the dominance of the pastoral aesthetic.  These forces convened to produce three interrelated suburban forms: the corporate campus, the corporate estate, and the office park. These landscape types, with their distinct layout of buildings, parking, driveways, and landscape surround, materialized to serve a particular stratum of the corporate hierarchy. Louise Mozingo author of Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes examines the evolution, consequences, and possible future of this form of postwar American urbanism.

Louise Mozingo

Professor & Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley

Louise A. Mozingo is Professor & Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, faculty of the Graduate Group in Urban Design, and faculty and former Director of the interdisciplinary American Studies program at UC Berkeley.  Her research concerns two areas: the history of the American designed landscape and sustainable environmental design and planning. This research has taken a variety of forms including books, book chapters, scholarly articles, criticism, research reports, design and planning documents, and exhibitions.

Professor Mozingo’s articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Places, Landscape Journal, Journal of the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Geographical Review, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.  She has contributed chapters to Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J.B. Jackson (2003) edited by Chris Wilson and Paul Groth, Healing Natures edited by Robert France (2008), and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (2008) edited by Andrew Blauvelt. Mozingo’s book, Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes (MIT Press), won 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the Architecture and Urban Planning category, the 2014 Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Prize from the Society of Architectural Historians for the best book in landscape history, and an American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Communications in 2014.

In 2009, Mozingo founded a research center within the College of Environmental Design, the Center for Resource Efficient Communities (CREC) dedicated to interdisciplinary research regarding resource efficient urban design, planning, and policy. Her role in developing the CREC has been to bring her expertise in the urban built environment and leverage the expertise of other fields such as computer science, transportation, economics, law, environmental engineering, and building science in understanding the implications of urban form on resource efficiency.        

Prof. Mozingo has been the recipient of Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship for Studies in Landscape Architecture, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award of Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Writing, and Service, and the University of California, Berkeley Chancellor's Award of Recognition for University and Community Partnerships. She has lectured widely, including Harvard University, University of British Columbia, University of Oregon, Yale University, Stanford University, and the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.