Architecture and Nature: Creating the American Landscape

Architecture and Nature: Creating the American Landscape

By: Christine Macy (author), Sarah Bonnemaison (author)Paperback

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Winner of the 2006 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award! The word 'nature' comes from natura, Latin for birth - as do the words nation, native and innate. But nature and nation share more than a common root, they share a common history where one term has been used to define the other. In the United States, the relationship between nation and nature has been central to its colonial and post-colonial history, from the idea of the noble savage to the myth of the frontier. Narrated, painted and filmed, American landscapes have been central to the construction of a national identity. Architecture and Nature presents an in-depth study of how changing ideas of what nature is and what it means for the country have been represented in buildings and landscapes over the past century.

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About Author

Christine Macy has taught upper division survey courses in the history of modern architecture and in architectural theory and criticism for nine years. Sarah Bonnemaison has a doctorate in human geography and a professional degree in architecture. She has taught courses on tourism and landscape interpretation in art history and architecture departments in Canada and the United States.


1. Exhibiting Wilderness: at the Columbian Exposition, 1893 2. Accommodating the Nature Tourist: In the National Parks, 1903 3. Putting Nature to Work: With the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933 4. Nature Preserved in the Nuclear Age: The Case Study Houses of Los Angeles, 1945 5. Closing the Circle: The Geodesic Domes and a New Ecological Consciousness, 1967

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/02/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780415283595
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9780415283595
  • weight: 861
  • ISBN10: 0415283590

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