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        • Of Strangers and Junkyards
          Landscape Magazine between Lived Experience and Systems Theory

        Abstract
        By means of his magazine Landscape, John Brinckerhoff Jackson was one of the first voices to criticize rationalized methods of urban planning in the 1950s and 1960s.The magazine became a mouthpiece for a diverse range of authors who were interested in a human-centred way of analysing and designing the (urban) landscape. Jackson’s background as a novelist is reflected in his interest in – visual as well as textual – narrative techniques throughout the journal. Jackson distinguishes himself from many of his contemporaries who appear on the pages of Landscape, such as Kevin Lynch and, especially, Gordon Cullen, by an outspoken sociopolitical discourse, reinforced by his use of literary description that walks theline between immersion and observation. Expressing his fascination for the vernacular American landscape and phenomena as
        the highway strip, the junkyard, the ugly and the seedy, Jackson opposes hegemonic, normative and aestheticizing approaches to urban and natural landscapes. As an epilogue, the article describes how the interest in explorative, narrative ways of urban analysis make way for a belief in a systems approach by the end of the 1960s.
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        Citation
        Notteboom, B. (2017). Of Strangers and Junkyards. Landscape Magazine between Lived Experience and Systems Theory. Narrating Urban Landscapes, OASE, (98), 43–50. Retrieved from https://oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/98/OfStrangersandJunkyards

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