Anasazi Architecture and American Design

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Anasazi Architecture and American Design is a journey through Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde with leading southwestern archaeologists, historians, architects, landscape architects, artists, and urban planners as guides. In sixteen chapters, the volume's twenty-two essayists identify Anasazi building and cultural features related to design and site planning, cosmography, mythology, and ecology, then expertly balance their observations of past architectural and cultural achievements with suggestions and ...

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Overview

Anasazi Architecture and American Design is a journey through Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde with leading southwestern archaeologists, historians, architects, landscape architects, artists, and urban planners as guides. In sixteen chapters, the volume's twenty-two essayists identify Anasazi building and cultural features related to design and site planning, cosmography, mythology, and ecology, then expertly balance their observations of past architectural and cultural achievements with suggestions and recommendations for design practices in the present.

Among the contributors are Santa Clara Pueblo architectural theorist Rina Swentzell; architects Tony Anella and Stephen Schreiber; historian Richard Ellis; art historian J. J. Brody; archaeologists Stephen Lekson, David Stuart, Michael Marshall, John Stein, and Dabney Ford; urban planners Theodore Jojola, Judith Suiter, Stephen Dent, Barbara Coleman, and Paul Lusk; and artist Anna Sofaer, founder of the Solstice Project.

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Editorial Reviews

New Mexico Historical Review
Anasazi Architecture and American Design is a provocative contribution to the study of prehistoric Puebloan buildings. . . . this is a stimulating book that should promote innovative directions in the study of prehistoric Southwest architecture.
Denver Westerner's Roundup
This reviewer recommends this book to any serious lay aficionado or student of the Anasazi.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826317797
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Baker H. Morrow, FASLA, is a landscape architect in Albuquerque and an associate professor at the University of New Mexico. He is also the author of Horses Like the Wind (stories of Africa). He is the founding director of the master's program in landscape architecture at the University of New Mexico.

V. B. Price is the recipient of the Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Literary Arts, the Erna Fergusson Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Alumni Association of the University of New Mexico, and the ACLU-NM First Amendment Award.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Preface
Prologue 1
Pt. 1 Archaeology, Architecture, and the Anasazi
1 The Rhetoric of Formalism: Interpreting Anasazi Architecture 5
2 The Changing Image of the Anasazi World in the American Imagination 16
Pt. 2 The Patterns of Settlement
3 Anasazi Communities in Context 27
4 Power and Efficiency in Eastern Anasazi Architecture: A Case of Multiple Evolutionary Trajectories 36
5 A Planners' Primer: Lessons from Chaco 53
6 The Chacoan Roads: A Cosmological Interpretation 62
Pt. 3 Stone and Mortar in the Service of the Imagination
7 Engineering Feats of the Anasazi: Buildings, Roads, and Dams 77
8 The Primary Architecture of the Chacoan Culture: A Cosmological Expression 88
9 High Noon in Old Bonito: Sun, Shadow, and the Geometry of the Chaco Complex 133
10 Prehistoric Architecture with Unknown Function 149
11 Notes on the Landscape Architecture of Anasazi Communities 159
Pt. 4 Regional Tradition and Architectural Meaning
12 Pueblo Indian and Spanish Town Planning in New Mexico: The Pueblo of Isleta 171
13 An Understated Sacredness 186
14 The Anasazi Revival 190
15 Learning from Mesa Verde: A Case Study in the Modern Interpretation of Anasazi Design 204
16 Anasazi-Pueblo Site Design: Application to Contemporary Urban Development 214
Epilogue 227
Contributors 231
Index 233
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