Title

Space Taken

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Abstract

Over the last five hundred years, the North American landscape has been shaped by human expansion. In that time, the attitude toward nature has shifted from respect to attempts at domination. Urbanization and sprawl have worn away at the human-nature bond and living spaces once sculpted out of forests are now deposited on bulldozed lots.

This semester, I created this series of photographs to tell a story of how our connection to the surrounding natural environment is realized through the homes we build. This story is spatial rather than temporal and is not intended as a criticism of city life or suburban sprawl. While preparing this collection, I was struck by small modernist villas encompassed by towering oak trees and by old farm houses framed by perfectly manicured lawns. The following images aim to remind of the ways in which we can design human environments to harmonize with those already present.

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