Ursula Lang

Ursula Lang is a geographer with specialties in urban and cultural geography. Her teaching and research interests include: urban environmental politics and planning; theories of nature-society relations; critical qualitative methods, including visual ethnography; politics of property, land, commons and commoning; phenomenology and affect; and geographies of skill, practice and experience.

Current research projects include an examination of green urbanisms and everyday life through green infrastructure for storm water in Glasgow, Scotland. Across highly uneven postindustrial landscapes of (re)development, environmental hazards, and social housing efforts, green infrastructure for managing rainfall has become central to Glasgow’s formal sustainability and resilience policies and programs. These are often very different from urban inhabitants’ understandings and engagements with rain, and urban water more broadly including the River Clyde and networks of canals. Part of the project includes a collaboration with artists Minty Donald and Nick Millar to understand perceptions of urban water, environmental memory and various urban ecological futures.

Lang is also developing Living with Yards, a book based on dissertation research on everyday experiences with front and back yards in Minneapolis, MN, contracted with McGill Queens University Press. The book explores what can be learned from the diverse ways yards are understood in urban environmental policies and projects, as well as how they are experienced and shaped in everyday life. The book examines the ways habitats and inhabitation supplement and exceed one another, with an emphasis on critically assessing what different understandings of urban inhabitation might offer and provoke.

Lang has an interdisciplinary background, with a BA from Swarthmore College in Biology & Sociology/Anthropology, a professional MArch degree from University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota. In addition to professional experience in architecture, she has experience teaching in geography, American studies and environmental studies. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in geography at the University of Glasgow.

    Fall 2017 Courses

  • GRAD-149G-01 Climate Futures
  • HPSS-S142-01 Design Geographies

    Wintersession 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-S143-01 Spaces Of Possibility: Commons And Commoning

    Spring 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-S144-01 Infrastructure & Society
  • HPSS-S101-07 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • BA, Swarthmore College
  • MARC, University of California - Ber
  • PHD, University of Minnesota - Minn

Departments

Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles