Reading List

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Amanda Walters

California College of the Arts

Imaginary Florida

The construction of a fantasy that was sold, consumed and projected out from Florida.


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    Turning on the Fantasy Fountain

    Places Journal

    As water became abstracted from the landscape, so did the imagination. How the Los Angeles Aqueduct made Hollywood.

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    Hating Bourbon Street

    Places Journal

    A geographer upbraids the Bourbon Street haters and scrutinizes the politics of authenticity in New Orleans.

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    Hometown, America

    Places Journal

    Visting the boyhood homes of Mark Twain and Walt Disney, an architectural historian finds a mix of fact, fantasy, and commercial exploitation.

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    Havana: Nostalgia Is a Dangerous Business

    Places Journal

    A New York architect critiques the recent literature on Havana architecture and urbanism, which strongly influences U.S. impressions, given the longstanding travel ban.

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    Size Matters: Small Towns with Big Things

    Places Journal

    An expansive look at largeness, from the Burj Khalifa to the world’s biggest ball of twine.

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    The Essential Indifference of American Suburban Housing

    Places Journal

    A British architect offers a close reading of American suburbia, where mass production meets the myth of the frontier.

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