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Everyday America

Cultural Landscape Studies after J. B. Jackson

Chris Wilson (Editor), Paul Groth (Editor)

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As old as a roadway that was once a Native trail, as new as the suburban subdivisions spreading across the American countryside, the cultural landscape is endlessly changing. The study of cultural landscapes—a far more recent development—has also undergone great changes, ever broadening, deepening, and refining our understanding of the intricate webs of social and ecological spaces that help to define human groups and their activities. Everyday America surveys the widening conceptions and applications of cultural landscape writing in the United States and, in doing so, offers a clear and compelling view of the state of cultural landscape studies today.

These essays—by distinguished journalists, historians, cultural geographers, architects, landscape architects, and planners—constitute a critical evaluation of the field’s theoretical assumptions, and of the work of John Brinckerhoff Jackson, the pivotal figure in the emergence of cultural landscape studies. At the same time, they present exemplary studies of twentieth-century landscapes, from the turn-of-the-century American downtown to the corporate campus and the mini-mall. Assessing the field’s accomplishments and shortcomings, offering insights into teaching the subject, and charting new directions for its future development, Everyday America is an eloquent statement of the meaning, value, and potential of the close study of human environments as they embody, reflect, and reveal American culture.
1. The Polyphony of Cultural Landscape Study: An Introduction
—Paul Groth and Chris Wilson

2. J.B. Jackson and the Play of the Mind: Inquiry and Assertion as Contact Sports
—Patricia Nelson Limerick
3. J.B. Jackson as a Critic of Modern Architecture
—Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
4. Learning from Brinck
—Denise Scott Brown
5. Looking Down the Road: J.B. Jackson and the American Highway Landscape
—Timothy Davis

6. The Monument and the Bungalow: The Intellectual Legacy of J.B. Jackson
—Peirce Lewis
7. Crossing the American Grain with Vesalius, Geddes, and Jackson: The Cross Section as a Learning Tool
—Grady Clay
8. Basic "Brincksmanship": Impressions Left in a Youthful Mind
—Jeffrey W. Limerick
9. Observations of Faith: Landscape Context in Design Education
—Tracy Walker Moir-McClean

10. On Modern Vernaculars and J.B. Jackson
—Gwendolyn Wright
11. What (Else) We Talk about When We Talk about Landscape: For a Return to the Social Imagination
—George L. Henderson
12. Normative Dimensions of Landscape
—Richard H. Schein
13. Private Property and the Ecological Commons in the American West
—Mark Fiege

14. Gender, Imagination, and Experience in the Early-Twentieth-Century American Downtown
—Jessica Sewell
15. Campus, Estate, and Park: Lawn Culture Comes to the Corporation
—Louise A. Mozingo
16. The Enacted Environment: Examining the Streets and Yards of East Los Angeles
—James Rojas
17. Medicine in the (Mini) Mall: An American Health Care Landscape
—David C. Sloane

Illustration Credits
Chris Wilson is J. B. Jackson Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition (1997) and Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem (2001). Paul Groth is Associate Professor in the Departments of Architecture and Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of Living Downtown: The History of Residential Hotels in the United States (1994) and the coeditor of Understanding Ordinary Landscapes (1997).

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