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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 13, 2011


The Eastward-Moving House

FEATURED THIS WEEK : DAVID HEYMANN

The Eastward-Moving House

Earlier this week we republished J.B. Jackson's classic essay "The Westward-Moving House: Three American Houses and the People Who Lived in Them." Jackson traced three generations of a fictional American family, starting in colonial Massachusetts and then moving westward, first to the Midwest in the 19th century, then to Texas in the 1950s. Here we are pleased to feature David Heymann's contemporary continuation of this imaginative analysis of American homesteading — of the relationship between what we build and what we value.
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MARK KLETT

Views Across Time

Over three decades the Arizona-based photographer Mark Klett has pioneered and refined the art of rephotography — of making new views of earlier and sometimes iconic vantage points. His latest works extend the process by blending media, not just photographs but also videos, old postcards, tourist snapshots, interactive maps, digital panoramas and audio recordings. Here Places photography editor Aaron Rothman interviews Klett and curates selections from his expanding rephotography project. As Rothman says, "The potential of rephotography is greater than simply tracking change; it can touch on the experience of time itself."
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J.B. JACKSON

The Westward-Moving House: Three American Houses and the People Who Lived in Them

J.B. Jackson's "The Westward-Moving House," which explores the relationship of house building to cultural values over three centuries and across the American continent, was first published in 1953 in Landscape, the journal Jackson founded and edited for many years. Over the decades the iconoclastic Jackson, who died in 1996, attracted a wide following, inspiring "several generations of designers to see the environment with fresh eyes," in the words of Herbert Muschamp. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Nevada, we are pleased to republish Jackson's classic essay.
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D.H. TRACY

To England

A poem for Independence Day: "A Bronx cheer, sparklers, a bottle of root beer in each hand, to England, Salut."
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KEN MCCOWN

Point of Astonishment

When landscape architecture professor Ken McCown traveled from the Western U.S. to New Zealand, he was reminded of the California landscapes he'd come to know well. And more: the panoramic vistas and unpolluted atmosphere — the clean air and clear light — were what he imagined the Golden State had been like once, "before the postwar suburban boom, when the state was less populous, the air not so dirty." Here we present McCown's photographic effort to capture the feeling of traveling in time as well as place.
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Western Civic Art: Works in Progress

In 1989 Phoenix, Arizona, commissioned one of the first public art master plans. The city now has one of the strongest public art programs in the country.
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