Anasazi Architecture and American Design by Baker H. Morrow, V. B. Price, Robert C. Heyder

By Baker H. Morrow, V. B. Price, Robert C. Heyder

Anasazi structure and American layout is a trip via Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde with best southwestern archaeologists, historians, architects, panorama architects, artists, and concrete planners as courses. In 16 chapters, the volume's twenty-two essayists establish Anasazi development and cultural positive aspects relating to layout and location making plans, cosmography, mythology, and ecology, then expertly stability their observations of earlier architectural and cultural achievements with feedback and proposals for layout practices within the present.Among the participants are Santa Clara Pueblo architectural theorist Rina Swentzell; architects Tony Anella and Stephen Schreiber; historian Richard Ellis; paintings historian J. J. Brody; archaeologists Stephen Lekson, David Stuart, Michael Marshall, John Stein, and Dabney Ford; city planners Theodore Jojola, Judith Suiter, Stephen Dent, Barbara Coleman, and Paul Lusk; and artist Anna Sofaer, founding father of the Solstice venture.

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Wagner and Mahler, Ruskin and Whistler, Tolstoy and Nietzche, Sullivan and Gaudi, Darwin and Agassiz were all involved in one way or another with the study or interpretation of a real or imagined national or international, natural or man-made, preindustrial past. Page 10 And, as well as modern museums, modern art and architecture and all of the modern social sciences are built upon some variant of the notion that obsolete or endangered objects contain values that are important to the present and the future and should be preserved.

I shall then discuss how those events and associations might either clarify or obscure our understanding of Anasazi architecture. Throughout, I shall briefly touch upon some of the problems that are created when our appropriation of the past intersects on the one hand with our desire to discover expressive meanings in man-made objects, and on the other with our wish to build a better future. All my discussions of rhetoric, art, and Anasazi architecture will address that intersection. Local Celebrations and the Crossover of Disciplines Among participants in the symposium either as auditors or presenters were archaeologists and ethnologists, historians and art historians, architects and architectural historians, poets and painters, bureaucrats and landscape architects.

Heyder, former superintendent, Mesa Verde National Park The cultural heritage of the American Southwest as expressed by the architecture of the Anasazi epoch is monumental. The genius of these people may well be best remembered through future centuries by their remarkable buildings. To understand their architecture one must also have a well-grounded understanding of the legacy that has been left to us of their great construction works. To comprehend the people who designed and built these marvelous structures, one has to observe the ruins that remain scattered throughout the Southwest.

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