Designs on the Land
Exploring America from the Air
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Designs on the Land by Alexander S. MacLean
Book DescriptionAlex MacLean has been photographing the history and evolution of the American landscape for over thirty years, from the great desert spaces to agricultural patterns and city grids. A trained architect who is closely involved in landscape heritage protection issues, MacLean has set out to create a series of pictures that show and explain the universal history of town and countryside. What he has to say may be invigorating or alarming, but it always raises the issues of the landscape's future. This new collection of exemplary photographs taken across the American landscape reflects MacLean's passionate interest in the effects of time, geological movements, shifting landscapes, redeployment, pollution, urban sprawl, and the overlapping of surfaces and activities. More than 400 photographs reveal in a unique way the physical splendour of America: both the beauty of the ongoing inhabiting of the land and the potential for modern planning to create spectacular environments.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500284148
(250mm x 190mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 6-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alexander S. MacLean
Over, Hardback (October 2008)
A catalogue of the patterns and physical consequences brought about by natural processes and human intervention. It features topics including automobile dependency, water consumption and urbanization.
Taking Measures Across the American Landscape, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Alexander S. MacLean
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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Author Biography - Alexander S. MacLean
Alex MacLean's previous books include Look at the Land: Aerial Reflections on America and, with James Corner, Taking Measures Across the American Landscape.
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