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The American lawn

Author: Georges Teyssot
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press with Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Like the interstate highway system, fast food chains, telephones, televisions, and malls, the lawn occupies a central, and often unconsidered, place in America's cultural landscape. In spaces as diverse as city parks, town squares, and suburban backyards, it has played an essential part in the development of our national identity. The site of political demonstrations, sporting events, and barbecues, and the object  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
American lawn.
New York : Princeton Architectural Press with Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, ©1999
(OCoLC)607757101
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Teyssot
ISBN: 1568981600 9781568981604
OCLC Number: 39256516
Notes: Includes eight pages of stereoscopic photos and one 3D viewer.
Description: x, 203 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: The American lawn: surface of everyday life / Georges Teyssot --
The saga of grass: from the heavenly carpet to fallow fields / Monique Mosser --
The lawn in early American landscape and garden design / Therese O'Malley --
Professional pastoral: the writing on the lawn, 1850-1950 / Alessandra Ponte --
"Fairway living": lawncare and lifestyle from croquet to the golf course / Virginia Scott Jenkins --
The lawn at war: 1941-1961 / Beatriz Colomina --
The electric lawn / Mark Wigley.
Responsibility: edited by Georges Teyssot.
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Examining the lawn within its historical, artistic, literary and political contexts, this text situates it on the boundary between utopian ideal and dystopian nightmare. Topics covered range from  Read more...

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According to The American Lawn...grass is the ragged border where the American Dream holds sway, and the lawn itself is the mood ring of the American domestic environment. "New Art Examiner," Read more...

 
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