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Imaginary Wilds

Architectural Interventions for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

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The myth of a wild, untouched landscape is persistent in American history. Imaginary wilds helped define an American identity in the early nineteenth century when Thomas Cole produced a series of masterwork paintings of American landscapes…
 
ISBN: 978-1-957183-93-0
Size: 8.25″ x 9.5″ Portrait
Binding: Softbound
Pages: 160pp
Publication Date: Spring 2024
World Rights: Available
 
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“With regard to American landscape art, the book presents a series of new essays addressing how Thomas Cole’s thinking on landscape, and the relations between humans and nature, have a continuing impact on contemporary architecture and landscape design.”

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The myth of a wild, untouched landscape is persistent in American history. Imaginary wilds helped define an American identity in the early nineteenth century when Thomas Cole produced a series of masterwork paintings of American landscapes. And today the myth of imaginary wilds continues to have a major influence on attitudes toward landscape, nature, and the use of resources extracted from the earth. This book presents a series of student-designed architectural projects for a new gallery building sited within the landscape of Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole’s historic home and studio in Catskill, New York. Cole’s artistic legacy can be interpreted in different ways because he was concerned with landscapes and nature as both material and ideal conditions. Complexities arising from considering landscapes and nature as both real and ideal create a productive frame for exploring how architects might design buildings in relation to landscapes and nature. Throughout the book, these relationships are seen to play out in five different directions under the guidance of five different design studio instructors. The architectural projects presented here are contextualized in relation to landscape, nature, and Thomas Cole’s artistic legacy in a series of essays by a distinguished group of designers and thinkers.

Authors

Adam Dayem is an architect and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture, and principal of Actual Office Architecture, a design practice that has received numerous awards for theoretical and built architecture.

All Credited Contributors:
David Bell
William L. Colman
Jillian Crandall
Gustavo Crembil
Adam Dayem
Cathryn Dwyer
Elizabeth B. Jacks
Evan Douglis
Leandro Piazzi
David Salomon

Additional Info

ISBN: 978-1-957183-93-0
Size: 8.25″ x 9.5″ Portrait
Binding: Softbound
Pages: 160pp
Publication Date: Spring 2024
World Rights: Available

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Imaginary Wilds

“With regard to American landscape art, the book presents a series of new essays addressing how Thomas Cole’s thinking on landscape, and the relations between humans and nature, have a continuing impact on contemporary architecture and landscape design.”

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