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Shepheard, Paul. The Cultivated Wilderness: Or, What Is Landscape?, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1997.

Paul Shepheard, an architect and a professor at MIT, plainly states that this book is about seeing things that are too big to see. He writes about seven landscapes, and includes with each a theme and a placement in his own hierarchy. The chapters are chronicled in the following descending order: (1) Wilderness—Switzerland, (2) Unity—The Seven Wonders of the World, (3) Hope—Antarctica, (4) Nation—Scotland, (5) Utility—Flevoland, (6) Vision—The London Basin, and (7) Memory—The Western Front. Shepheard defines the Wilderness as the world before the appearance or influence of humans. Cultivation is defined as everything humans have done since and Landscape is identified as the strategies that have governed what humans have done. It is Shepheard's position that Landscape must be shown by example because it will not reduce to fundamentals or be triviaqlized. [K. Mackall]