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Scenes in America Deserta

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In Scenes in America Deserta, Reyner Banham steps aside from his familiar role as an architectural historian and confesses himself a delighted, intrigued, but puzzled visitor to the arid lands of the American Southwest.

What delights Banham most is visual pleasure, and this book is first and foremost a celebration of the pure visual response of a four-wheeled voyeur. What i

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Hardcover, 228 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Gibbs Smith Publishers
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Jan 14, 2010 Frank added it
A less scholarly book from a favorite author of mine. This one is a self-reflective look at Banham's attraction to the American desert, and ranges far and wide both geographically and philosophically. A good introduction to an author who is often over my head, but compelling enough for me to keep reading anyway.
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Peter Reyner Banham (1922-1988) was a prolific architectural critic and writer best known for his 1960 theoretical treatise "Theory and Design in the First Machine Age", and his 1971 book "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies" in which he categorized the Angelean experience into four ecological models (Surfurbia, Foothills, The Plains of Id, and Autopia) and explored the distinct ...more
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