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A Manufactured WildernessSummer Camps and the Shaping of American Youth, 1890-1960$
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Abigail A. Van Slyck

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780816648764

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816648764.001.0001

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Summer Camps, Modern Architecture, and Modern Life

Summer Camps, Modern Architecture, and Modern Life

(p.214) (p.215) Epilogue Summer Camps, Modern Architecture, and Modern Life
A Manufactured Wilderness

Abigail A. van Slyck

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter focuses on the modern aesthetics and cultural landscape of American summer camps. American summer camps were shaped by modern conceptions of children and childhood, which emphasized reforming gender roles while reinforcing racial hierarchies. The cultural landscape of summer camps reveals that these manufactured versions of the wilderness implicitly worked to support and maintain modern culture. Summer camps were ideal venues for architects to explore architectural modernism, which always encompassed more than the machine aesthetic and its heavy reliance on industrially produced materials. In this sense, the simple programs of camp buildings appealed to modern architects who identified the essence of architecture as the drive to meet fundamental human needs: natural light, shelter from the rain, and good ventilation.

Keywords:   modern aesthetics, cultural landscape, American summer camps, children, childhood, campers, architects, architectural modernism, human needs, shelter

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