2010-04-17

Parco Agricolo Sud Milano. Rites of passage #12

I'm closing the series here, just to avoid the peril to go on indefinitely. I suppose that almost any reader of the blog had its ratio of greeneries. Going to urban for a few time. But on closing let me cite this short extract from the book "everydayamerica. cultural landscape studies after j. b. jackson" (lower case as in the book cover), page 86 "LANDSCAPE AS DOCUMENT": "In sum, landscape is a historic document that tells a story -- actually multiple stories -- about the people who created the landscape and the cultural context in which that landscape was embedded. ... The ordinary landscape is, after all, the only lasting record written by the overwhelming majority of the earth's population ... The landscape created by ordinary people is the main historic record they leave behind -- records written on the face of the earth."

4 comments:

Kent Wiley said...

Mauro, it's been a good series. I'm curious how you feel the results measure up to your imagination: do you feel what you've captured (at least what we've seen) is an accurate depiction of the area? Not knowing the locale, it's difficult for me to say with any certainty how well you have documented PASM...

Unknown said...

Kent, I'm far from being accurate. Certainly I've displayed some general visual characteristics. The flatness, the water and the human presence/intervention. Beginning this project, four years ago, I was far more optimistic on the possibilities to cover up the place. Now I've got to the idea that I have to divide the work in several pieces. The thing that I regret much is to have left out some pictures on the newly built parts, the factories (cascine). But I will get back to this in a few weeks.

Kent Wiley said...

If you could somehow show modern construction overtaking this ancient agricultural landscape, that would be an achievement. How do you imagine subdividing this material?

Unknown said...

Kent you are right. I have left out the newly build part. Here and there you may spot some examples however in the post numbered as #8, #5 and #4 you may find some examples, albeit not much analytic. Thanks for visiting by the way :-)