About the Artist

 Anne Whiston Spirn is a professor of landscape architecture and planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From the publication of her first book, The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design (1984) to The Language of Landscape (1998), her work has altered the way people think about city and nature, landscape and language, and urban design and planning. Her studies in art history at Radcliffe and the University of Pennsylvania and her photographic practice are at the root of her innovative approach to landscape studies and the built environment, which has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship and the International Cosmos Prize for “contributions to the harmonious coexistence of nature and humankind.”