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Landscape_Axioms - How do we read the landscape Axioms for...

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10/12/2008 1 How do we ‘read’ the landscape? Axioms for Reading the Landscape Axiom: A principle that is accepted as true without proof Corollary: A proposition that follows with little or no proof required from one already proven. A deduction or an inference. ( 1)Th A i f l d l t lt 1)The Axiom of landscape as a clue to culture the man-made landscape provides strong evidence of the kind of people we are (and were), and are in the process of becoming (i)The corollary of cultural change human landscapes represent an enormous investment – if major changes occur in the look of a l d th th i lik l landscape then there is likely a major change in our national culture as well
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10/12/2008 2 (ii) the regional corollary if different regions look different then there is a good chance that the cultures of the two places will be different as well (iii)The corollary of convergence if two areas come to be more alike, we might surmise that the cultures are converging as well (iv)The corollary of diffusion imitation/emulation cannot be ignored (i.e. architecture) (v) The corollary of taste understanding the root of tastes aids our understanding of the production of cultural landscapes (i.e. dietary laws, domes and spires on public buildings but not on houses, front lawns) (2) The axiom of cultural unity and landscape equality when searching for clues to culture all things/items are important (i.e. a MacDonald’s restaurant is just as symbolically loaded as the Empire State Building, uniqueness is hard to come by) (3) The axiom of common things common landscapes are hard to study by i i (i i conventional academic means (i.e. mobile homes, billboards, garages, city dumps) (i) the corollary of nonacademic literature (advertisements, trade journals, promotional travel literature) (4) The Historic Axiom History matters and cultural context is important (at one time old fashion was fashionable, the obsolete or out-dated was new and innovative)
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