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The House of Light and Entropy (Arch. Words 11)


Alessandra Ponte

Written by landscape historian Alessandra Ponte, this collection of essays begins with an investigation of the American obsession with lawns and then continues to collectively map the aesthetic, scientific and technological production of past and present North American landscapes.

These include the American desert as a privileged site of scientific and artistic testing; the faraway projects of electrification of the Canadian North; the transformation of the notion and perception of waste and wasteland during the twentieth century; the photographic medium and its encounters with Native Americans; as well as an introductory essay, ‘The Map and the Territory’, written specifically for this volume.


Author: Alessandra Ponte
Series: Architecture Words
11 x 18 cm. / 7,1 x 4,3 in
Cover: Paperback
Pages: 160
Publication date:  2011
Published byArchitectural Association Publications
Distributed by: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 9781907896170
Price: 18€ / $19 / £15

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