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Reflections on iaste at Twenty
Make-Believe Main Streets: Hyperreality and the Lifestyle Center
This article examines a new type of shopping venue known as the lifestyle center — an openair
retail mall that borrows and distorts elements of the traditional American Main Street.
The article recaps the popular notion of Main Street as a place and an image, examines the
character of the lifestyle center and its present commercial success, and provides a detailed
look at its residential component. It then analyzes three recently completed projects. Unlike
traditional Main Streets, these new shopping complexes are built far from the center of any
existing town, and rather than integrating with older areas of urban fabric, they tend to rely on
conditions of social and spatial isolation.
From Sleeping Porch to Sleeping Machine: Inverting Traditions of Fresh Air in
This article examines how the meaning of a particular tradition — sleeping in the open air —
has changed over time. The research focuses on the development and use of the sleeping
porch and related constructs in the United States from the end of the nineteenth century to
the start of World War II. During this time, arguments related to nature, health and modernity
reframed the sleeping porch's traditions, which in turn recast knowledge of the body's relation
to fresh air and nature. The article concludes that the development of the sleeping porch
spurred a transition from an empirically defined tradition to one that was epistemologically
driven — setting up modernist and mid-century arguments for new, conditioned relationships >
with fresh air, and between the inside and outside of the American house.
The Legend of Brigadoon: Architecture, Identity and Choice in the
Since the nineteenth century two distinct domestic architectural traditions in the Scottish
Highlands have been interpreted in Britain as representative of Highland and Scottish identity.
But Scotland's positive national identification with both the indigenous turf-walled and thatched
Highland blackhouse and the imposed white, regular forms of the eighteenth-century "improved
cottage" and farmhouse have failed to account for the historical relationships between the two
architectural traditions and Scottish Gaels, or Highlanders. The aim of this article is to examine
these historic relationships, to consider the misinterpretations of romanticism and the folklorists,
and to question the Scottish government's current regionalist planning policy.
Bruce Grove Transferred: The Role of Diverse Traditions in Historic Conservation
In recent years, social inclusion has become enshrined in the manifestos of heritage and conservation
agencies. A drive to include the diverse traditions of the Other into policy-making
has raised questions about the meaning of the words "heritage" and "tradition," about who
articulates them, and to whom they belong. This article offers a case study of a regeneration
program in North London as the locus for an examination of multiculturalism, gentrification,
and diasporic identity. It suggests that conservation strategies are often compromised by an
overreliance on unproblematized notions of tradition.
Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World, by Marcel Vellinga, Paul Oliver, and
Reviewed by Mari-jose Amerlinck
Nordic Landscapes: Region and Belonging on the Northern Edge of Europe,
edited by Michael Jones and Kenneth Olwig
Reviewed by Eeva Aarrevaara
Theme Park, by Scott A. Lukas
Reviewed by Stefan Al
The Architecture of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, edited by Stephen H. Lekson
Reviewed by Anne Marshall