Essay about The Landscape By Pierce K Lewis

2017 Words Dec 11th, 2016 9 Pages
Cultural landscapes are everywhere in our world today whether we are aware of them or not. Before we can look at the cultural landscape if the city of New Kensington, we must understand what they are and what we can learn from them through observation. Cultural landscapes are defined as the places we, humans, live. A cultural landscape is the cultural properties that represent the combined works of nature and man. Other definitions include a geographic area, including both cultural and natural resources and the wildlife or domestic animals there, associated with a historic event, activity, or person or exhibiting other cultural or aesthetic values.
We can learn many things from studying our own cultural landscapes and the cultural landscapes of others around the world. In a paper named Axioms for Reading the Landscape written by Pierce K Lewis, he talks about what we can learn from studying cultural landscapes and breaks them down into what he calls seven axioms. The first axiom Lewis mentions is using the landscape as a clue to culture. This all comes down to the things that man has created and put onto the earth. It can be seen in our houses, roads and other things we build. It shows how complex and or how simple we decide our culture should be. The second is cultural unity and landscape equality. Lewis says that nearly all items in human landscapes reflect culture in some way, therefore most items in the human landscape are no more or less important than others in the…

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