The advent of powered flight in the early part of the twentieth century brought profound changes to society and culture globally. In her work Flights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design, Sonja Dümpelmann explores how it influenced the perspective and work of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners and designers, primarily in the United States and Europe. Specifically, the book “deals with those moments during the twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries when these professionals developed an aerial imagination and an epistemology based upon aerial vision, and when they realized the opportunities that the new technology offered them in shaping the land” (1). In addition to airport design, Dümpelmann examines such topics as the impact of aerial photography on both urban and landscape design, the development of the art and science of camouflage, and the relationship between aerial views and environmental thought.
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Bednarek, Janet R., "Review: 'Flights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design'" (2016). History Faculty Publications. 139.