Aneesha Dharwadker Designer-in-Residence

Sara Hadavi MLA

Layne Knoche BLA

Zeying Li MLA

Yizhu Liu MLA 

Lauren Mathias MLA 

Zihao Song BLA 

Xi Wang MLA

Yutian Wang MLA

Ziyu Wang BLA

Xiaodong Yang BLA

Minbo Zhao BLA


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Department of Landscape Architecture 

interdisciplinary  dialogues

We are engaging in a series of interdisciplinary dialogues with experts outside design to learn more about the healthcare, community, and geographical aspects of the epidemic. Our guests throughout the semester are:


Dr. Mai Pho University of Chicago 

Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar Chicago Department of Public Health

Professor Frances Kuo University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elaine McMillion Sheldon Director, HEROIN(E)

Dr. Wiley Jenkins Southern Illinois University 


Professor Matthew Wilson University of Kentucky   




Appalachian Regional Commission


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

CDC Databases
National Institute on Drug Abuse

President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


“The Opioid Epidemic.” The Daily, 27 Oct. 2017. Podcast. 

“America’s Opioid Epidemic Began More Than A Century Ago—With the Civil War.” By Jessica Glenza. The Guardian, 30 Dec. 2017.
“Who is Responsible for the Pain-Pill Epidemic?” By Celine Grounder. The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2013.
“Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis.” By Josh Katz. The New York Times, 10 Aug. 2017.
“The Opioid Epidemic: A Crisis Years in the Making.” By Maya Salam. 
The New York Times, 26 Oct. 2017.



Prescription Opioid Overdose Data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The Opioid Epidemic as Seen in 6 Charts.” By Matthew Kolodny. CBS News, 16 Oct. 2017.

“To understand why America’s opioid epidemic keeps getting worse, just look at this map.” By German Lopez. Vox, 10 Jan. 2018.

“How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Rippled Across America.” By Haeyoun Park and Matthew Bloch. The New York Times, 10 Jan. 2016.

“A Deadly Crisis: Mapping the Spread of America’s Drug Overdose Epidemic.” By Nadja Popovich. The Guardian.


“Rochester Looks to Replicate Manchester’s Safe Station Program.”  By Jason Moon. New Hampshire Public Radio, 9 Jan 2018.

“A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment.” By Catherine Saint Louis. The New York Times, 13 Jul. 2017.


Opioid Basics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prescribing Data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“How Oxycontin was Sold to the Masses.” The New Yorker Radio Hour, 27 Oct. 2017. Podcast. 

“The Secretive Family Making Billions from the Opioid Crisis.” By Christopher Glazek. Esquire, 16 Oct. 2017.

"Drug Dealers in Lab Coats." By Nicholas Kristof. The New York Times, 18 Oct. 2017.


“The Ithaca Plan.” City of Ithaca, 19 Feb. 2016.

“The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis.” The Council of Economic Advisers, Nov. 2017.

“Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a ‘Health Emergency’ but Requests No Funds.” By Julie Hirschfeld Davis. The New York Times, 26 Oct. 2017.
“Deep in Coal Country, West Virginia Patients Speak Out About GOP Health Bill.” PBS New Hour, 11 Jul 2017. Video.

“Rationale for cannabis-based interventions in the opioid overdose crisis.” By Philippe Lucas. Harm Reduction Journal 14:58 (2017).



“A New Map for America.” By Parag Khanna. The New York Times, 15 Apr. 2016.

“The Future of Coal Country.” By Eliza Griswold. The New Yorker, 3 Jul. 2017.
“America’s Poorest White Town: Abandoned by Coal, Swallowed by Drugs.” By Chris McGreal. The Guardian, 12 Nov. 2015.


Dying in Vein: The Opiate Generation. Dir. Jenny Mackenzie. 2016.

Heroin(e). Dir. Elaine McMillion Sheldon. 2017.