The Eye is A Door: Landscape, Photography, and the Art of Discovery by Anne Whiston Spirn (review)

The Eye is A Door: Landscape, Photography, and the Art of Discovery by Anne Whiston Spirn (review) these two figures should merit this master work pride of place on the bookshelf. In parallel with the rediscovery of historic precedent and detail in new projects, a powerful current of the time [1975­2000] focused on the conservation, protection and refurbishment of historic landscapes. For a Library of Landscape History audience, it might be heartening to learn that Williams concludes his piece on new currents in landscapes with the observation that one of the notable trends is the `rediscovery of history' and, in Williams's opinion, society's renewed interest in history. "It is normal that we should wish to preserve our inherited landscapes . . . [and] constantly justify their existence according to new criteria of financial determinism and social relevance." In his epilogue, Williams lauds the protection of historic and significant landscapes with a singular and specific `hats off ' to Parks Canada for its efforts in protecting and presenting cultural landscapes over the years (paralleling the efforts of the USNPS): not museifying them but, rather, treating them as living museums. An American reader should fi nd these stories and trends remarkably familiar, given common European roots and active North- South cross-culturalization. The challenge posed to an American http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Landscape Journal: design, planning, and management of the land University of Wisconsin Press

The Eye is A Door: Landscape, Photography, and the Art of Discovery by Anne Whiston Spirn (review)

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these two figures should merit this master work pride of place on the bookshelf. In parallel with the rediscovery of historic precedent and detail in new projects, a powerful current of the time [1975­2000] focused on the conservation, protection and refurbishment of historic landscapes. For a Library of Landscape History audience, it might be heartening to learn that Williams concludes his piece on new currents in landscapes with the observation that one of the notable trends is the `rediscovery of history' and, in Williams's opinion, society's renewed interest in history. "It is normal that we should wish to preserve our inherited landscapes . . . [and] constantly justify their existence according to new criteria of financial determinism and social relevance." In his epilogue, Williams lauds the protection of historic and significant landscapes with a singular and specific `hats off ' to Parks Canada for its efforts in protecting and presenting cultural landscapes over the years (paralleling the efforts of the USNPS): not museifying them but, rather, treating them as living museums. An American reader should fi nd these stories and trends remarkably familiar, given common European roots and active North- South cross-culturalization. The challenge posed to an American

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Landscape Journal: design, planning, and management of the landUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Aug 6, 2015

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