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

By Sarah Bonnemaison, Christine Macy

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

Architecture and Nature provides an in-depth learn of ways altering principles of what nature is and what it skill for the rustic were represented in constructions and landscapes during the last century.

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These parks were designed with recreational opportunities for laboring adults such as areas for ball games, boating and picnicking. 35 In fact, the first real playground opened on a vacant lot in Chicago the year of the exhibition, a project managed by Jane Addams’ Settlement House. For the government, the establishment of parks was a way to legitimate their position as a democratic institution by financing and maintaining open public spaces, while not interfering with the interests of the business class.

12 “Red Cloud” diorama in US Government Building. 33 Exhibiting wilderness an ethnological display of a “representative” couple dressed in traditional clothes and adorned with objects associated with everyday life – a bow in the hand of the man and a basket in the hand of the woman. But if one were to read the catalog description, one is faced not with a “typical Indian,” but with a historical account of an actual person. The man is identified as Red Cloud, a famous chief of the Sioux nation who coordinated with Sitting Bull the victory over Custer at Little Big Horn.

The water surrounding the island is perhaps the clearest expression of a separation between the two realms. 10). Nature preserved is thus encircled and defended. In the exposition, points of entry to the Wooded Islands are clearly established. Two bridges connect to the island from the Horticulture and Transportation Buildings, one from the courtyard between Mining and Electricity (toward the Court of Honor and entrance to the fair), while the last bridge weaves its way from the Fisheries Building.

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