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Everyday America : Cultural Landscape Studies after J. B. Jackson.

Author/Creator:
Wilson, Chris.
Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003.
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Book
1 online resource (279 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Jackson, John Brinckerhoff, -- 1909-1996.
Landscape assessment -- United States.
Cities and towns -- United States.
Human geography -- United States.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
As old as a roadway that was once a Native trail, as new as the suburban subdivisions spreading across the American countryside, the cultural landscape is endlessly changing. The study of cultural landscapes--a far more recent development--has also undergone great changes, ever broadening, deepening, and refining our understanding of the intricate webs of social and ecological spaces that help to define human groups and their activities. Everyday America surveys the widening conceptions and applications of cultural landscape writing in the United States and, in doing so, offers a clear and compelling view of the state of cultural landscape studies today. These essays--by distinguished journalists, historians, cultural geographers, architects, landscape architects, and planners--constitute a critical evaluation of the field's theoretical assumptions, and of the work of John Brinckerhoff Jackson, the pivotal figure in the emergence of cultural landscape studies. At the same time, they present exemplary studies of twentieth-century landscapes, from the turn-of-the-century American downtown to the corporate campus and the mini-mall. Assessing the field's accomplishments and shortcomings, offering insights into teaching the subject, and charting new directions for its future development, Everyday America is an eloquent statement of the meaning, value, and potential of the close study of human environments as they embody, reflect, and reveal American culture.
Contents:
Intro
Title Page
Copyright Page
Contents
Preface
1. The Polyphony of Cultural Landscape Study: An Introduction
Evaluating J. B. Jackson
2. J. B. Jackson and the Play of the Mind: Inquiry and Assertion as Contact Sports
3. J. B. Jackson as a Critic of Modern Architecture
4. Learning from Brinck
5. Looking down the Road: J. B. Jackson and the American Highway Landscape
Teaching and Learning Landscape Vision
6. The Monument and the Bungalow: The Intellectual Legacy of J. B. Jackson
7. Crossing the American Grain with Vesalius, Geddes, and Jackson: The Cross Section as a Learning Tool
8. Basic "Brincksmanship": Impressions Left in a Youthful Mind
9. Observations of Faith: Landscape Context in Design Education
Questioning Theoretical Assumptions
10. On Modern Vernaculars and J. B. Jackson
11. What (Else) We Talk about When We Talk about Landscape: For a Return to the Social Imagination
12. Normative Dimensions of Landscape
13. Private Property and the Ecological Commons in the American West
Interpreting Twentieth-Century Urban Landscapes
14. Gender, Imagination, and Experience in the Early-Twentieth-Century American Downtown
15. Campus, Estate, and Park: Lawn Culture Comes to the Corporation
16. The Enacted Environment: Examining the Streets and Yards of East Los Angeles
17. Medicine in the (Mini) Mall: An American Health Care Landscape
Notes
Contributors
Illustration Credits
Index.
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Contributor:
Groth, Paul.
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Print version: Wilson, Chris Everyday America
ISBN:
9780520935907
9780520229617
OCLC:
475926694