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Center for American Places

Works: 78 works in 168 publications in 1 language and 24,623 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Maps  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Art  Biographies 
Roles: Other, Editor, Publisher
Classifications: TR179, 770.11
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Most widely held works about Center for American Places
Most widely held works by Center for American Places
The riddle of Amish culture by Donald B Kraybill( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study of Amish culture discusses the changes that have taken place in Amish society since the first edition was published. The author incorporates new demographic data and interviews he has conducted among the Amish
The Endangered Species Act : history, conservation biology, and public policy by Brian Czech( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The roots of American industrialization by David R Meyer( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Roots of American Industrialization Meyer reexamines previous studies, provides new evidence, and presents a new explanation. He argues that agriculture and industry both grew and transformed, thus constituting mutually reinforcing processes. Eastern agriculture thrived from 1790 to 1860, and rising farm productivity permitted surplus labor to enter factories and provided swelling food supplies for growing rural and urban populations. Farms that were on poor soil and distant from markets declined, whereas other farms successfully adjusted production as rural and urban markets expanded and as Midwestern agricultural products flowed eastward after 1840. Rural and urban demand for manufactures in the East supported diverse industrial development and prosperous rural areas and burgeoning cities supplied increasing amounts of capital for investment. Metropolitan regional hinterlands around Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and, to a lesser extent, Baltimore experienced broadly similar transformations of agriculture and manufacturing, forming the eastern anchor of the American manufacturing belt."--Jacket
Battling the elements : weather and terrain in the conduct of war by Harold A Winters( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each chapter of Battling the Elements offers a detailed and engaging explanation of a specific environmental factor and then looks at several battles that highlight its effects on military operations. Battling the Elements details dozens of battles to illustrate the complex, diverse, and often capricious effect of physical geography on war without oversimplifying this relationship or implying that environmental factors predetermine the outcome of a battle
The nature of photographs by Stephen Shore( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does a photograph "work?" In this book Stephen Shore brings together more than fifty images (by such photographers as Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Frank Gohlke, Alfred Stieglitz, Lee Friedlander, Edward Weston, Robert Frank, William Eggleston, and Jan Groover) to illustrate a process of looking at and understanding photography. He traces the process by which the world in front of the camera is transformed into a photograph - and how that photograph, in turn, is transformed into a mental image
Water policy for sustainable development by David Lewis Feldman( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The shortage of fresh water is likely to be one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century. A UNESCO report predicts that as many as 7 billion people will face shortages of drinking water by 2050. Here, David Lewis Feldman examines river-basin management cases around the world to show how fresh water can be managed to sustain economic development while protecting the environment. He argues that policy makers can employ adaptive management to avoid making decisions that could harm the environment, to recognize and correct mistakes, and to monitor environmental and socioeconomic changes caused by previous policies."--Jacket
Erikson, Eskimos & Columbus : medieval European knowledge of America by James Robert Enterline( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did medieval Europeans have such specific geographic knowledge of North America, a land even their most daring adventurers had not yet discovered? In Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus , James Robert Enterline presents new evidence that traces this knowledge to the cartographic skills of indigenous people of the high Arctic, who, he contends, provided the basis for medieval maps of large parts of North America. Drawing on an exhaustive chronological survey of pre-Columbian maps, including the controversial Yale Vinland Map, this book boldly challenges conventional accounts of Europe's discovery of the New World
Homelands : a geography of culture and place across America by Richard L Nostrand( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homelands explores the connection of people and place by showing how aspects of several different North American groups found their niche and created a homeland. It looks at geographical concepts in community settings
Everyday architecture of the Mid-Atlantic : looking at buildings and landscapes by Gabrielle M Lanier( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With more than 300 illustrations and photographs, Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic explores the character of pre-1940 domestic and agricultural buildings in the towns and rural landscapes of southern New Jersey, Delaware, and coastal Maryland and Virginia. Approaching their subject "archaeologically," the authors examine the "layers" of a structure's past to show how it has changed over time and to reveal telling details about its occupants and the community in which they lived. The book provides architectural information as well as a working methodology for anyone wanting to explore and learn from traditional architectural and landscapes." "The authors conclude that, as a vital cultural artifact, the distinctive architecture of the mid-Atlantic needs to be identified, recorded, and preserved. Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic gives proof to the insights architecture offers into who we are culturally as a community, a region, and a nation."--Jacket
Designing America's waste landscapes by Mira Engler( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Designing America's Waste Landscapes, landscape architect and scholar Mira Engler takes a close look at the landfills, recycling and waste transfer centers, and sewage treatment plants that accommodate and redistribute the by-products of consumption. For Engler, waste is not only a pervasive, essential, and constructive process of civilization; it is a key element in the way we consider, order, and shape our landscape. Yet the overwhelmingly negative, defensive perceptions we have of these places - and their marginalization within public debate - limits our ability to respond creatively and effectively to the growing problem of waste disposal." "Engler address two distinct aspects of waste landscapes in America: the historic and cultural context of waste and the theories, practices, and concerns of the planners, engineers, landscape designers, and other waste management professionals. She reviews the physical evolution of waste sites across the country, scrutinizes perceptions and representations of these landscapes, and highlights attempts by environmental designers and artists to change public perceptions. Illustrated with more than 70 photographs, maps, drawings, and other images, Designing America's Waste Landscapes is a cogent and compelling inquiry into the scientific, environmental, and aesthetic parameters of cutting-edge waste management technology and design."--Jacket
Magnetic Los Angeles : planning the twentieth-century metropolis by Greg Hise( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book has three aims. First, it places the history of city building in southern California in a national context. Second, it explains the changing form of American cities during the twentieth-century using Los Angeles as a primary case study. Where other accounts focus exclusively on housing and home building, this book reveals a major rearrangement of urban functions and the concomitant dispersion of industry and commerce. The third, most ambitious, intention is to uncover and interpret the imaginative structures residents and scholars have devised for understanding American cities and thereby contribute to a reframing of current debates in urban theory
Chicago : a geography of the city and its region by John C Hudson( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Southwest in American literature and art : the rise of a desert aesthetic by David W Teague( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rise and fall of Synanon : a California utopia by Rod A Janzen( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chuck Dederich - a former Alcoholics Anonymous member who coined the phrase "Today is the first day of the rest of your life"--Established Synanon as an innovative drug rehabilitation center near the Santa Monica beach in 1958. Synanon evolved quickly into an experimental commune and "religion" that attracted thousands of non-addict members and was strongly committed to social justice and progressive education. More than 25,000 people were members of Synanon at various times, including jazz musicians Charlie Haden and Stan Kenton; supporters of the group included Senator Thomas Dodd, comedian Steve Allen, and psychologist Abraham Maslow
Apostle of taste : Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815-1852 by David Schuyler( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through his many books and in the pages of the Horticulturist, the nation's first journal about landscape gardening, Andrew Jackson Downing (1815-1852) preached a gospel of taste, promoting a naturalistic style of landscape design as the "modern" alternative to the classical geometry of the "ancient" gardens of Italy and France. Together with his longtime collaborator, Alexander Jackson Davis, Downing also contributed to an architectural revolution that sought to replace the classical revival with the Gothic revival and other romantic styles. In this compelling biography, issued in a new edition with a new preface, David Schuyler explores the origins of the tastemaker's ideas in English aesthetic theory and his efforts to adapt English principles to American climate and republican social institutions. Tracing the impulse toward a native architectural style, Schuyler also demonstrates the influence of Downing's ideas on the period's gardens and, more broadly still, analyzes the complications of class implicit in Downing's prescriptions for American society. The new edition is illustrated with more than 100 drawings, plans, and photographs."
The virgin & the dynamo : public murals in American architecture, 1893-1917 by Bailey Van Hook( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unplanned suburbs : Toronto's American tragedy, 1900 to 1950 by Richard Harris( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is widely believed that only the growth of mass suburbs after World War II brought suburban living within reach of blue-collar workers, immigrants, and racial minorities. But in this original and intensive study of Toronto, Richard Harris shows that even prewar suburbs were socially and ethnically diverse, with a significant number of lower-income North American families making their homes on the urban fringe. As early as 1900, Harris explains, the decentralization of blue-collar employment encouraged working-class families to leave the city, many of them taking advantage of lax enforcement of suburban regulations to build their homes themselves. In the short run, the advantages were obvious: a home of one's own, a garden, access to the surrounding countryside. But the unplanned - and therefore scattered - developments led to dramatic increases in the cost of needed services. Inevitably, property taxes rose, in many cases beyond the ability of working-class families to pay
Ecological planning : a historical and comparative synthesis by Forster Ndubisi( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foreword /Frederick R. Steiner --1. Ecological Planning in a Historical Perspective --2. The First Landscape-Suitability Approach --3. The Second Landscape-Suitability Approach --4. The Applied-Human-Ecology Approach --5. The Applied-Ecosystem Approach --6. The Applied-Landscape-Ecology Approach --7. Assessment of Landscape Values and Landscape Perception --8.A Synthesis of Approaches to Ecological Planning
Power, authority, and the Anabaptist tradition by Benjamin W Redekop( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A thousand pieces of paradise : landscape and property in the Kickapoo Valley by Lynne Heasley( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Thousand Pieces of Paradise in an ecological history of property and a cultural history of rural ecosystems set in one of Wisconsin's most famous regions, the Kickapoo Valley. While examining the national war on soil erosion in the 1930s, a controversial real estate development scheme, Amish land settlement, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam project, and Native American efforts to assert longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley traces the historical development of modern American property debates within ever-more-diverse rural landscapes and cultures."--Jacket
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The riddle of Amish culture
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The Endangered Species Act : history, conservation biology, and public policyThe roots of American industrializationBattling the elements : weather and terrain in the conduct of warThe nature of photographsWater policy for sustainable developmentErikson, Eskimos & Columbus : medieval European knowledge of AmericaHomelands : a geography of culture and place across AmericaEveryday architecture of the Mid-Atlantic : looking at buildings and landscapes