Environmental Analysis (Pomona)
Rethinking : Learning from Nature, Bertold Brecht, Dietrich Brandis, Abbot Kinney, Los Angeles
Los Angeles might be more than 5700 miles from Berlin as a crow (or Luftansa) flies, but German culture—and most notably its varied perceptions of nature—have strongly influenced how those living in the Southland experience their environs.
Oft in the negative, to judge from the enduring legacy of Bertold Brecht’s sharp commentary about the City of Angeles in which he sheltered during the ravages of World War II. “They have nature here,” he jotted down in his diary in August 1941, and as “everything is so artificial, they even have an exaggerated feeling for nature, which becomes alienated.”
© 2016 Char Miller
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Miller, Char, "Rethinking LA's Nature through German Eyes" (2016). Pomona Faculty Publications and Research. 399.