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2011 Lecture : Matthew Coolidge

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Deconstructing Anthropogeomorphology: Programs and Projects of the Center for Land Use Interpretation

Matt Coolidge is the founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation an educational nonprofit organization focused on increasing the collective understanding of the built American landscape. The work of the Center has been presented in museums and exhibit spaces across the United States, as well as in the Center’s network of exhibit and production facilities, located in Los Angeles, California; Wendover, Utah; Houston, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Troy, New York. The Center’s programs and exhibitions employ photography, text, video, bus tours, publications, and other media.

The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research and education organization interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. We believe that the manmade landscape is a cultural inscription, that can be read to better understand who we are, and what we are doing.

The organization was founded in 1994, and since that time it has produced dozens of exhibits on land use themes and regions, for public institutions all over the United States, as well as overseas. The Center publishes books, conducts public tours, and offers information and research resources through its library, archive, and web site.

The CLUI exists to stimulate discussion, thought, and general interest in the contemporary landscape. Neither an environmental group nor an industry affiliated organization, the work of the Center integrates the many approaches to land use - the many perspectives of the landscape - into a single vision that illustrates the common ground in “land use” debates. At the very least, the Center attempts to emphasize the multiplicity of points of view regarding the utilization of terrestrial and geographic resources.


Coolidge will lecture in room LH202 of the Rawls College of Business Building at 7 p.m. March 24.


The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available after 5:30 p.m. in Lot R5 and the Flint Avenue Parking Facility.



This lecture is sponsored by the College of Architecture's 2010-2011 lecture series, Material Ecologies in conjunction with School of Art as part of the joint series Landscape as Knowledge.


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