Earth Architecture

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-25
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
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From ancient forts in New Zealand to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.,Earth Architectureranges across the globe, covering more than 6,000 years of human history. William Morgan, a practicing architect and published author, has created an invaluable compendium of environments shaped by the manipulation of one of the most fundamental building blocks available: earth. This splendidly illustrated volume contains intricate, detailed descriptions of more than fifty sites, written in non-technical language that will appeal to a broad range of readers. Mounds, shaped hills, and terraces are only a few of the categories of structures Morgan systematically examines as he surveys everything from semi-subterranean dwellings to large-scale engineering projects. His exhaustive look encompasses a 4,200 B.C. settlement in the Negev and a contemporary performing arts pavilion in California. In addition to the unknown master builders and engineers from ancient times, works of modern architects including Le Corbusier, Frank Gehry, and Frank Lloyd Wright appear in these pages. Morgan's focus on the architectural uses of earth in shaping societies and communities suggests implications for contemporary architecture, and the sites discussed offer numerous precedents for sustainable design, energy conservation, and environmental enhancement.

Author Biography

William N. Morgan, president of the Jacksonville-based William Morgan Architects, formerly held the Beinecke-Reeves Chair in Architectural Preservation at the University of Florida.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Moundsp. 7
Avebury Circle, Wiltshire, England
Olmec Pyramid and Plaza, La Venta, Tabasco, Mexico
Adena Burial Mound, Miamisburg, Ohio
Hopewell Octagon and Circle, Newark, Ohio
Trelleborg, Slagelse, Denmark
Lion Mound Memorial, Waterloo, Belgium
Shaped Hillsp. 25
Greek Hillside Theater, Epidaurus, Greece
Babeldaob, Palau, Caroline Islands
Villa d'Este Gardens, Tivoli, Italy
Duke University Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Corregidor Bataan Memorial, Manila Bay, Philippines
Concord Pavilion, Concord, California
Earth Retainedp. 43
Machu Picchu, Urubamba Valley, Peru
Second Jacobs House, Middleton, Wisconsin
Expressways, United States
New Cemetery Proposal, Urbino, Italy
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Spencertown House, Hudson Valley, New York
Terracesp. 61
Hatshetsup's Mortuary Temple, Deir el Bahri, Egypt
Governor's House, Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico
Ifugao Rice Terraces, Luzon, Philippines
Maori Forts, North Island, New Zealand
Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina
Marae of Mahaiatea, Tahiti, Society Islands
Platformsp. 79
Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran
Borobudur, Java, Indonesia
Preah Vihear, Cambodia
Emerald Mound, Natchez, Mississippi
Governor's Icehouse, Williamsburg, Virginia
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Grapevine, Texas
Excavationsp. 97
Troglodyte Settlement, Safadi, Negev, Israel
Berber Village, Matmata, Tunisia
Zhog Tou Community, Luoyang, Honan, China
Guadix Community, Granada, Spain
East Bank Bookstore, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Beach Cabanas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Modified Earthp. 115
Casa Grande, Coolidge, Arizona
Glaumbaer Farms, Glaumbaer, Iceland
Great Mosque, Djenne, Mali
Visions of Paolo Soleri, Scottsdale, Arizona
Earth-dome Housing, Hesperia, California
Studio and Courtyard, Tucson, Arizona
Water Retainedp. 133
Imperial Tomb, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Katsura Gardens, Kyoto, Japan
Khajou Bridge, Esfahan, Iran
Land Reclamation Polders, North Sea Coast, Netherlands
Nacimiento Dam, Paso Robles, California
Citiesp. 151
Poverty Point, Floyd, Louisiana
Cahokia, Collinsville, Illinois
Paquime, Chihuahua, Mexico
Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico
Urban Nucleus, Sunset Mountain Park, California
Dam Town Proposal, Pikeville, Kentucky
Afterwordp. 169
Appendixp. 173
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 179
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