The author views landscaping as an expression of a way of life. This collection of essays is written for the general reader and features articles without footnotes. The subject matter ranges from disquisitions on ordinary houses, yards, farms, and farmsteads to notes on ecology and from the impact of automobile use, mobile homes, shopping centers, and rural and urban planning to philosophical arguments about the meaning of human space and arguments for and against preservation.
J. B. Jackson was born in 1908 and lived until 1996. Raised and educated in Massachusetts, Jackson studied geography and architecture until he launched the combination of these subjects in his magazine, Landscape.Jackson went on to publish Discovering the Vernacular Landscape (1984), The Essential Landscape: The New Mexico Photographic Survey (1985), and A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time (1994), which won the 1995 PEN International award for the best collection of essays.
Jefferson, Thoreau & after.--The westward-moving house.--Several American landscapes.--Other-directed houses.--Life-worship.--The imitation of nature.--Images of the city.--The stranger's path.--Two street scenes.--The many guises of suburbia.--The almost perfect town.--To pity the plumage and forget the dying bird.--The social landscape.--The public landscape.
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