Architecture and Nature: Creating the American Landscape by Sarah Bonnemaison, Christine Macy

By Sarah Bonnemaison, Christine Macy

The observe 'nature' comes from natura, Latin for start - as do the phrases state, local and innate. yet nature and kingdom percentage greater than a typical root, they proportion a typical historical past the place one time period has been used to outline the opposite. within the usa, the connection among country and nature has been vital to its colonial and post-colonial historical past, from the assumption of the noble savage to the parable of the frontier. Narrated, painted and filmed, American landscapes were vital to the development of a countrywide id.

Architecture and Nature offers an in-depth research of the way altering rules of what nature is and what it skill for the rustic were represented in constructions and landscapes over the last century.

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Contact with nature as a way to build moral fiber and civic virtue in themselves and others. In architectural terms, this meant a return to first principles – a clearing, a rude shelter, walls, a hearth and a roof. The primitive hut The little cabin designed by Holabird and Roche is full of meaning, although this meaning is not communicated through the classical techniques of decoration and symbolism omnipresent in the buildings of the White City. Rather, the Hunter’s Cabin is striking for its ability to say so much with so little.

Near the towering rotunda of the US Government Building, the army set up a sample field hospital and filled the adjacent plaza with white tents lined up in rows like on a battlefield. 23 In the heart of the White City, in the midst of this seamlessly unified urbanism of the future, we find a many-fingered lagoon harboring two wooded islands. Why are these representations of wilderness located in the heart of the White City, rather than on its peripheries, with the Indian encampments and raw materials of the frontier?

Phiminster Procter. remove human traces, to render the land ahistorical, and to re-cast it in an eternal present. The erasure of human traces was also meant to remove traces of work. As Richard White argues, “work is a fall from grace. In the beginning none labored. ”46 In the World’s Columbian Exposition, work occurs outside the Wooded Islands: in the Mining, Electricity, Manufactures and Horticulture pavilions. There, work is elevated to astonishing quantities of production by the power of machines and human labor.

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