monuments and memory
communities and polities
Since the origins of humankind, the physical environment has been profoundly shaped by the countless ways people make, modify, and interpret the places they inhabit or use. Conversely the environment has always shaped the material possibilities through which people can order their existence. Here we investigate the environment as both a material and imaginary field through which social and cultural relations are represented and constituted. Areas of inquiry include landscape, urbanism, gardens, ecocriticism, historic preservation, and architectural history and theory.