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The ideals of a democratic society coupled with the vast expansiveness
of the American landscape have led to settlement patterns within the
urban environment that are distinctively American and non-traditional.
The continual tension between principles of collective majority rule and
rights of individual equality has led to an identifiable urban form that is
neither city, with its collective characteristics, nor country, with its
sense of individual freedom, but a vast middle landscape where the
majority of Americans live, work, shop, and recreate. The current
middle landscape has developed into a place where accommodation of
the automobile, providing its sense of autonomous movement, dictates
the form and order of the built environment. While investing great
efforts toward the development of means of movement between places
- the places them- selves have been forgotten. The middle landscape,
a legitimate urban form rooted in the history, culture, and natural
environment of American city development, has become a place that is
vastly scaled and oblivious to human existence. The thesis is an
examination of this middle landscape with an attempt at the making of
place within an otherwise place-less environment.