Shaping Communities, Volume 1

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Carter L. Hudgins, Elizabeth C. Cromley
Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1997 - Architecture - 280 pages
This volume brings together nineteen essays from an array of academic disciplines -- American studies, folklore, history, architectural history, and architecture -- which are currently contributing to the study of vernacular structures and places. Addressing places as distant from each other as rural Massachusetts and Hawai'i and building types as disparate as Native American houses in Alaska and vacation cottages in Florida, the contributors are unified in their concern with community building and place making.As the editors note, scholarship on vernacular forms once focused rather narrowly on individual buildings and building types -- an emphasis that has since given way to broader explorations. Accordingly, these essays reflect the ever-growing interest of vernacular architecture studies in the role building plays in defining communities, how building shapes the discourse between individuals and the society and culture of which they are a part, and how building conveys a community's sense of itself.The essays are grouped into four sections. In Communities Shaped by Ideals, the contributors examine how the particular ideals and aspirations of a community contribute to the forms its buildings take. The essays in Community Landscapes focus on shared spaces, such as parks and streets, while the essays in Communities Shaped by Race and Ethnicity examine the contributions of specific ethnic groups to building traditions and the impact of architecture on group identity. Finally, in Communities Shaped by Commerce, the writers investigate the impact of commercial culture on building designs and civic activity.Fascinating in their many implications, the essays in ShapingCommunities offer cutting-edge analysis of the ways in which the various and often competing strands of a culture are deployed and resolved in the built environment.
 

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Contents

Reconstructing Runnymedes Agricultural Landscape
3
AfricanAmerican Architecture in Langston Oklahoma
21
Rhetoric and Reality
33
Pavilioned Dwellings in Virginia
46
The County Almshouses
60
COMMUNITIES SHAPED BY RACE AND ETHNICITY
135
The Architecture of Urban Slavery
150
AngloHawaiian Building in EarlyNineteenthCentury Hawaii
161
Reconstructing Native Culture in Southeast Alaska
174
COMMUNITIES SHAPED BY COMMERCE
187
The SmallTown Business of Educating Ladies
204
The Commercial Photographic Parlor 18391889
216
Jud Yoho the Bungalow Craftsman and the Development of Seattle Suburbs
231
The Hecht Company and Department Store
244
Select Bibliography
263
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Cromley is Chair of the Deparment of Art and Architecture at Northeastern University.

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