The Necessity for Ruins and Other Topics
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The Necessity for Ruins and Other Topics

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Book by Jackson, J. B.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published December 31st 1980 by University of Massachusetts Press (first published May 1980)
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Jackson's book is a collection of essays about geography, especially the man-made geography of gardens and streets. His discussion of the sacred grove, camp meeting sites in the woods, relates the rise in importance of sacred time over sacred space in Protestant revivalism. Now is the time of the salvation, it might happen anywhere. The end result is an individualizing and privatizing of faith (still a problem with evangelical Protestants today).

His discussion in the essay, "The Necessity for R...more
A series of short essays by, in my opinion, the most profound landscape architect of all time. Jackson had an ability to remove arrogance from his understanding of human interaction with land. He truly saw people as an integral part of nature.
Fantastic read, great for ruminating on the role of ruins. What is their purpose and how do they enrich our landscape? I enjoy the argument that their presence illustrates the geography of mankind (man-made geography). Viva l'histoire!
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John Brinckerhoff "Brinck" Jackson, J. B. Jackson, (September 25, 1909, Dinard, France - August 28, 1996, La Cienega, NM) was a writer, publisher, instructor, and sketch artist in landscape design. Herbert Muschamp, New York Times architecture critic, stated that J. B. Jackson was “America’s greatest living writer on the forces that have shaped the land this nation occupies.” He was influential in...more
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