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LA+ Beauty: Issue 18

LA+ Beauty: Issue 18

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Publisher: Oro Editions, ISBN: 9781957183701, Edited by: Tatum L. Hands and Colin Curley (guest), Format: Softcover, 22 x 27cm, 116pp

Drawing from diverse disciplines including philosophy, history, cultural criticism, visceral geography, urban studies, gender studies, and racial aesthetics, the 18th Issue of LA+ explores the elusive and enigmatic theme BEAUTY in relation to landscape architecture and the constructed environment. Rather than arrive at any one singular definition of beauty, within its pages, contributors challenge readers with alternative views through deep and critical reflection. What is a “beautiful” landscape today? Is there such a thing as “natural beauty”? Why do humans across the cultural spectrum concern themselves so much with the beautification of themselves, their objects, and their surroundings? Is beautification benevolent or nefarious? Is there value—economic or otherwise—in beauty, and whose interest do ideals of beauty serve?