Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

In the course of writing this book, I received the help and support of many institutions and individuals to whom I am very grateful. The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provided generous funding to support this publication...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

Flight, in particular powered flight, which first developed in the early twentieth century, has changed our perspectives on the world, has transformed our perceptions and imaginations of the world, and has changed the landscape itself and the ways we design and inhabit it...

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1. Plans in the Air The Evolution of the Airport Landscape

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pp. 17-74

Huffman Prairie, a meadow located about eight miles (12.87 kilometers) east of Dayton, Ohio, was the site of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first powered flights in 1904 and 1905 (fig. 4). The fl at, open terrain provided them with a suitable experimentation ground near their hometown after their first success at powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903...

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2. Air-Minded Visions The Aerial View in Early-Twentieth-Century Landscape Design and Urban Planning

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pp. 75-118

When powered flight took off in the early twentieth century, design professionals discovered more than the new opportunities that the planning, design, and construction of airfields and airports offered them. The aerial view from the airplane captured on photographic film also provoked many excited responses and musings among designers and their critics...

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3. "Cultivating Beautiful Air Views" Designing and Planning with and for the Aerial View

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pp. 119-152

In 1928, when commercial air transport was assuming a greater importance, the American landscape architect–turned–city planner John Nolen pointed toward the new jobs that aviation provided for architects...

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4. Concealing the Land Creating Invisible Landscapes of War and Peace

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pp. 153-208

In 1945, Lee Miller photographed the nineteenth- century garden of Linderhof Palace near Oberammergau in Bavaria (fig. 50). The black- and- white photograph shows garden statues and pavilions covered with camouflage netting in front of a background of mountains in the distance...

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5. Conserving the Land The Aerial View and Environmental Planning and Design

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pp. 209-246

In 1955, the German- born architect- turned- writer Erwin Gutkind gave the introductory lecture at the international conference “Man’s Role in Changing the Face of the Earth” held at Princeton University...

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6. From Airfields to Green Fields Reclaiming Airports as Landscapes for Urban Ecology

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pp. 247-284

Throughout their existence, but especially since they came to occupy such a dominant position in our mobile global world as sites for mass travel in the second half of the twentieth century, airports have inspired thought about landscapes and about the creation of new landscapes in fields as diverse as geography, wildlife biology, and art...

Notes

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pp. 285-306

Bibliography

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pp. 307-328

Index

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pp. 329-340