Monday, October 08, 2012
"The term recovery implies that something once lost, devalued, forgotten, or misplaced has been found again, retrieved, and brought forward with renewed vitality. Also implied are repossession, taking control, and the regaining of health and normalcy, as in a rightful return. Such meanings have been associated with land disputes and the marking of a territory since antiquity. Recovery carries with it, therefore, an inevitable double connotation. On the one side, optimism and hope are attached to the reemergence of a precious cultural treasure - one looks toward new and exhilarating prospects. On the other side, recovery implies a degree of sentimentality (nostalgia) and power (possession),, both of which are inextricably interrelated with regard to landscape and point toward a more insidious side of landscape formation. This condition was described by the geographer John Barrell as landscape's "dark side," a moral darkness that derives from landscape being used by power interests to veil and perpetuate their efforts." Corner, James. Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999. Print.