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

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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 fields 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 fields 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.

Synopsis:

A collection of seventeen essays examining the field of American cultural landscapes past and present. The role of J. B. Jackson and his influence on the field is a explored in many of them.

About the Author

Chris Wilson is J. B. Jackson Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition (1997) and Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem (2001). Paul Groth is Associate Professor in the Departments of Architecture and Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of Living Downtown: The History of Residential Hotels in the United States (1994) and the coeditor of Understanding Ordinary Landscapes (1997).

Table of Contents

PREFACE

1. The Polyphony of Cultural Landscape Study: An Introduction

—Paul Groth and Chris Wilson

EVALUATING J.B. JACKSON

2. J.B. Jackson and the Play of the Mind: Inquiry and Assertion as Contact Sports

—Patricia Nelson Limerick

3. J.B. Jackson as a Critic of Modern Architecture

—Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

4. Learning from Brinck

—Denise Scott Brown

5. Looking Down the Road: J.B. Jackson and the American Highway Landscape

—Timothy Davis

TEACHING AND LEARNING LANDSCAPE VISION

6. The Monument and the Bungalow: The Intellectual Legacy of J.B. Jackson

—Peirce Lewis

7. Crossing the American Grain with Vesalius, Geddes, and Jackson: The Cross Section as a Learning Tool

—Grady Clay

8. Basic "Brincksmanship": Impressions Left in a Youthful Mind

—Jeffrey W. Limerick

9. Observations of Faith: Landscape Context in Design Education

—Tracy Walker Moir-McClean

QUESTIONING THEORETICAL ASSUMPTIONS

10. On Modern Vernaculars and J.B. Jackson

—Gwendolyn Wright

11. What (Else) We Talk about When We Talk about Landscape: For a Return to the Social Imagination

—George L. Henderson

12. Normative Dimensions of Landscape

—Richard H. Schein

13. Private Property and the Ecological Commons in the American West

—Mark Fiege

INTERPRETING TWENTIETH-CENTURY URBAN LANDSCAPES

14. Gender, Imagination, and Experience in the Early-Twentieth-Century American Downtown

—Jessica Sewell

15. Campus, Estate, and Park: Lawn Culture Comes to the Corporation

—Louise A. Mozingo

16. The Enacted Environment: Examining the Streets and Yards of East Los Angeles

—James Rojas

17. Medicine in the (Mini) Mall: An American Health Care Landscape

—David C. Sloane

Notes

Contributors

Illustration Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520229617
Editor:
Wilson, Chris
Publisher:
University of California Press
Editor:
Wilson, Chris
Author:
Love, Milton S.
Author:
Groth, Paul
Author:
Wilson, Chris
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Landscape assessment
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Human geography -- United States.
Subject:
Cities and towns -- United States.
Subject:
Architecture-United States General
Subject:
Geography-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
BFI Modern Classics
Series Volume:
1420
Publication Date:
20030331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
95 b/w photographs, 16 line drawings
Pages:
395
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 19 oz

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