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Ever since the first human settlements, people have left marks on the landscape be they permanent or fleeting.  The marks of each culture exist as patterns in time and space, always changing to accommodate the present.  These patterns communicate something about each unique era.  The development of the suburb and suburban sprawl has marked a major shift in urban organization and is something uniquely American.  Planned communities have offered democratized access to home ownership and a level of comfort never before achieved on such a mass scale.  Yet as a testament to this success they have also set a precedent for growth and consumption that is unsustainable – a reality that has become painfully apparent recently.  My work examines how modern attitudes towards nature and the world are reflected in these landscapes we shape and manufacture.