Architecture, Environment, and Territory: Essential Writings since 1850
The goal of this project is to construct a volume that examines architecture and environmentalism (with adjacent fields such as urbanism and planning) through the collation of texts from multiple backgrounds regarding environmental issues. Coming into the project, I was to transcribe the selected texts and format them according to publication guidelines. I spent most of my time split between two windows: the blank abyss that is Microsoft Word, and the text I was transcribing. If not split between the two windows, the rest of my time I spent reading through the text for errors and adding places to indicate where an image or table should be inserted, as per publication guidelines.
In a broad sense of the research project, I discovered that I might be interested in architectural academia, which I had not previously considered. Being able to create publications such as this is incredibly important, especially with regards to history. Creating an expansive canon that better reflects the diversity of scholars in the past strengthens and enriches an academic community. In the research experience itself, I had little exposure to the process of publication beforehand, so it was startling for me to read through all the publication guidelines and understand the standardization of books. Some highlights of this experience include reading about aliens with microscopic eyes discussing Earth, and reading the following quotation: “Few self-respecting children will even play in a playground.” (Christopher Alexander, A City Is Not A Tree). As an architecture major, this research project was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge of architectural history and environmentalism.