C-SPAN back-to-school week features Hohmann’s modern road design lecture Friday

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Last spring, a C-SPAN TV crew recorded an ISU class on modern American landscape architecture that will air in September and October. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University professor's lecture will debut Friday on C-SPAN 3 as part of the network's American History TV back-to-school week.

"From Parkways to Freeways: Modern Road Design," a lecture presented by Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Heidi Hohmann, will debut at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, on C-SPAN 3. It will re-air at 10:45 p.m.

The presentation traces changes in design of American roads from late 1800s parkways — park-like transportation corridors — to modern freeways, and the impact on the landscape architecture profession. Hohmann discusses how curving, tree-lined roadways that followed scenic natural landscape gave way to straighter, faster highways designed to accommodate traffic.

Hohmann presented the lecture to 42 ISU landscape architecture students in her "History of Modern Landscapes" class last April. C-SPAN 3 will also airth program during its regular weekend "Lectures in History" at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

Hohmann holds a bachelor's in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and a master of landscape architecture from Harvard University. She joined the Iowa State faculty from private practice as an urban designer in 2000. She has worked on projects with the Minneapolis Park System and Platt National Park (Oklahoma) National Historic Landmark Nomination. In 2013, DesignIntelligence named Hohmann one of the nation's 30 Most Admired Educators in Design.

C-SPAN's American History TV features event coverage, lectures and discussions with teachers and historians every weekend on C-SPAN 3. After Hohmann's class debuts, the full video will be available online via https://www.c-span.org/series/?lecturesInHistory