In an era when global scale and New World histories steer the agendas of historical discourse, Alessandra Ponte’s insistence on looking at the specificity of places, sites, and landscapes has gained exceptional momentum. The six essays in The House of Light and Entropy span the spectrum of Ponte’s far-reaching research interests, woven into a tight fabric of critical reflections. They trace histories of the cultivation of nature, of mapping, and of media in the context of American sites that have one characteristic in common: the lawn, the sand desert, and the ice desert are vast. As landscapes conceived of as “empty,” they have repeatedly been claimed as sites of scientific and artistic testing. Recognizing...
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Book Review| September 01 2015
Review: The House of Light and Entropy by Alessandra Ponte
The House of Light and Entropy
Architecture Words series, London:
2014, 228 pp., 33 b/w illus. £15.00, ISBN 9781907896170
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2015) 74 (3): 376–378.
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Sabine von Fischer; Review: The House of Light and Entropy by Alessandra Ponte. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 September 2015; 74 (3): 376–378. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2015.74.3.376
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