Harvard Club of Oregon Lecture:

Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime.

KENNETH HELPHAND, FASLA, Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon.  Harvard Graduate School of Design grad.


Wednesday February 15, 2017


Room 451, Level 4R, White Stag Block, University of Oregon

70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR

Coffee/tea and cookies will be provided.

Professor Kenneth L. Helphand will speak about Defiant Gardens, his award winning book from Trinity University Press about how nurturing plants brought hope in the bleakest of times.  Sukhdev Sandhu of the New Statesman described it as "an incredible and deeply moving history of the ways in which soldiers and civilians, often in the most grievous and immiserated circumstances, have created little pockets of horticultural hope throughout the 20th century: in allied trenches during the First World War, Warsaw ghettoes, Japanese-American internment camps. The photographs alone are extraordinary, but the chronicles of imaginative resistance are almost beyond belief."  It has been recognized by The Oregonian (ten best books of 2007 by Northwest authors), the Foundation for Landscape Studies, American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Environmental Design Research Association.

Kenneth Helphand is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Architecture and Allied Arts Emeritus at the University of Oregon where he has taught courses in landscape history, theory and design since 1974. Helphand retired from full-time teaching in fall 2012. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He is the recipient of distinguished teaching awards from the University of Oregon and from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

Helphand has been an invited lecturer at institutions across the globe and is considered among the elite worldwide in the area of landscape history and theory. He has guest lectured at dozens of universities and is a frequent visiting professor at The Technion—Israel Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous of articles and reviews on topics in landscape history and theory with a particular interest in the contemporary American landscape. His works include the award winning books Colorado: Visions of an American Landscape. (1991), Yard Street Park: The Design of Suburban Open Space (with Cynthia Girling1994) and Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture & the Making of Modern Israel. (2002) Defiant Gardens (2006).

Helphand served as editor of Landscape Journal  (1994 to 2002). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal, a Graham Foundation Grant, former Chair of the Senior Fellows at Dumbarton Oaks, and an Honorary Member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects