Architecture and Nature: Creating the American Landscape

1st Edition

Sarah Bonnemaison, Christine Macy

Routledge
Published February 13, 2003
Reference - 400 Pages - 25 Color & 145 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415283595 - CAT# RU24660

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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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