By Baker H. Morrow, V. B. Price, Robert C. Heyder
Anasazi structure and American layout is a trip via Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde with major southwestern archaeologists, historians, architects, panorama architects, artists, and concrete planners as publications. In 16 chapters, the volume's twenty-two essayists establish Anasazi construction and cultural gains concerning layout and location making plans, cosmography, mythology, and ecology, then expertly stability their observations of earlier architectural and cultural achievements with feedback and proposals for layout practices within the present.Among the individuals are Santa Clara Pueblo architectural theorist Rina Swentzell; architects Tony Anella and Stephen Schreiber; historian Richard Ellis; artwork historian J. J. Brody; archaeologists Stephen Lekson, David Stuart, Michael Marshall, John Stein, and Dabney Ford; city planners Theodore Jojola, Judith Suiter, Stephen Dent, Barbara Coleman, and Paul Lusk; and artist Anna Sofaer, founding father of the Solstice undertaking.
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Cm. Results of a conference held at the Mesa Verde National Park in May 1991. Includes index. ISBN 0-8263-1778-2 (cloth). Pueblo architectureCongresses. Pueblo philosophyCongresses. Pueblo IndiansAntiquitiesCongresses. Southwest, NewAntiquitiesCongresses. , 1946-. VBP Page vii The Anasazi are a reminder: Human life is fundamentally diverse and finally impenetrable. That we cannot do better than a crude reconstruction of their life . . a thousand years ago is probably to our advantage, for it steers us away from presumption and judgment.
What is true about art analysis is equally true about all other forms of analysis: the baggage of sociopolitical beliefs and values as well as religious and philosophical sentiments that an investigator brings to objects distorts perception and must be ignored if objects are to be examined objectively. But rhetoric is tricky, and in a convoluted way it can disguise its own nature. As a case in point, look at Mies van der Rohe's 1951 apartment houses at 860 Lakeshore Drive in Chicago. These are pure geometry defined by steel and glass, and they seem to exemplify the structural and ethical rhetoric of the International style of architecture, which Mies helped invent a generation earlier.
I discuss Anasazi architecture in this essay, but only within a broad context that is my true theme. My point of departure is the symposium itself, and two tangential facts about it that I thought were interesting. The first, its association with four other events that were celebrated at Mesa Verde in the spring of 1991: International Museum Day, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United States National Park Service, the eighty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of Mesa Verde National Park, and the Nordenskiold Centennial Exhibition, which was inaugurated at the park following the symposium.
Anasazi Architecture and American Design by Baker H. Morrow, V. B. Price, Robert C. Heyder