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Taking Measures Across the American Landscape [Paperback]

James Corner
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2 Oct 2000
This volume combines aerial photographs and map-drawings of the American landscape with essays that explore how various cultures have forged the landscapes in different regions of the country and what the possibilities are for future landscape design.

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (2 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300086962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300086966
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 24.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable and beautiful album. Aerial photographs are hardly ever inspiring, but these sing. They illuminate the vastness of a continent and its different cultures. There's a thoughtful, politically important commentary by the landscape architect James Corner." -- Tim Hilton, Independent on Sunday

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Winner of the 1997 American Institute of Architects Book of the Year Award Winner of the American Society of Landscape Architects Award in the Communications category

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5.0 out of 5 stars The peak of aesthetics 15 April 1999
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This dream of aesthetics is a must for anyone - architect or not - interested in beauty and the arts of the landscape. With a birds eye view the book presents the motifs, of both the natural landscapes self-creation, and the (surprisingly good) work of man. It's no encyclopedia, but a poetic source of inspiration. The beautiful Airphotos (in color) reflects the patterns, colors, arts and aesthetics of the American Landscape. Alas, the Airphotos do not provide the spatial display, essential to the full architectural understanding! Even so, it is highly recommendable. Amazon only alows five crowns, so given. Bye it, its a joy to behold, and your bookcase a pride to possess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and interesting 8 Nov 2013
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I bought this book primarily because I am a landscape architect who is a fan of James Corner's work. I also love photography books so this ticked 2 boxes for me. I love this book as it contains many beautiful images - many of which are abstract and surprising. It can be used as a coffee table book simply to browse these fantastic photos of the American landscape. However it also works on a deeper level with many insightful and thought provoking essays (all of which I have yet to read). Recommended.
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This was a gift for my daughter and she is very happy to have received it. Will be in ingoing use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You've never seen anything like this 13 Jun 2002
By Matthew O. Nugent - Published on Amazon.com
This book will change the way you look at and think about landscape. Technically, it's a landscape architecture book, and the essays that deal with that subject are excellent. James Corner is one of the best landscape architects/theorists around, and his writing is though-provoking, lucid and enjoyable to read. He draws an wonderful comparison between this work and Le Corbusier's sightseeing flights over North Africa in the 1930's. But without a doubt, the reason to buy this book are the photographs that document the unexpected beauty that arises out of the interaction between man and nature. The incongruities of landscape, juxtaposed against the linear certainty of the Land Ordinance Act grid, farm plots and other common interventions make for stunning photography.
There are also little subplots, such as creative reuses of already built spaces (tennis courts as parking lots & football field yard lines over a baseball diamond), and the similarity of totally unrelated natural forms (who knew that from 7,000 feet, cracked pond ice looks like microscopic images of streptococcal bacteria?).
There are dozens of other little thoughts I could include, and one of most remarkable things about this book is that the photogrpahs allow the reader to draw on his or her own knowledge to make connections and interpertations. There's no right or wrong way to see these things, which makes it universally rewarding and enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Combines geography, mathematics, aesthetics 15 Jan 1999
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This is one of the nicest Christmas gifts I ever received. Two guys flew across the United States at low level taking wonderful photographs, many of which are worth framing as art. A geographer's reflection and insights on the frames draw attention to the cultural impact on the landscape of U.S. history, its varied immigrants, the rectangular land survey, and of the Western mathematics embedded in their choices.
No math teacher looking for an exciting resource that supports cross-disciplinary work would find this book except by accident. Nor would those who fly in small planes and want high quality, thoughtful, intellectual books that go beyond coffee-table glamour and reflect in a serious way about the earth beneath. Nor would somebody interested in cultural geography. This is because the cataloging-in-publication information is generic and unimaginative.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have! 7 May 2003
By R Jeremy Oviatt - Published on Amazon.com
This book is incredible, the essays, photography, map drawings and descriptions really changed the way I looked at the world around me. This book was used as our text book for a Senior Project class in design school.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 16 April 2008
By Robert Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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Just brilliant.

A series of photographs and related diagrams & montages about the US landscape - every one worth sitting over and considering in detail

A book I come back to time and time again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent graphic representation of landscape documentation 10 Mar 2002
By "n3ar" - Published on Amazon.com
I always enjoy graphic design, but this one integrates intelligent visual graphic representation and it portraits site/landscape analysis.
Not your usual blueprint survey, but delightful new way of documentation.
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