The roadside farmstand in the cultural landscape
Sturm, Brian Warren Clancy
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The cultural landscape is the physical manifestation of peoples’ actions, values, and beliefs wrought on the land. As a discipline, cultural landscape studies teaches environmental designers how people use structures and places to establish identity, articulate social relationships, and derive cultural meaning. Despite previous research in both rural and roadside cultural landscapes, knowledge on the roadside farmstand constitutes a gap in the intellectual record. This work is a cultural examination of the roadside farmstand. Through contextual, process, formal, and functional approaches, I explore the multiple aspects of cultural meaning embedded in this heretofore ignored element in the cultural landscape. Contextual meanings of farmstands are tied to visualization perceptions of detail and change. Their formal patterns are reminiscent of farm utility structures set along an ever changing road. Through multidimensional processes and functions roadside farmstands continually reshape themselves in an evolving landscape.