Documenting The American Landscape

The Center for Land Use Interpretation's Land Use Database is a repository of information about unusual and exemplary sites throughout the United States.
September 13, 2006, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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Landfills and prisons and dams, oh my! Visitors to the Land Use Database ( will find these and a lot moreâ€"bombing ranges, nuclear test sites, UFO sighting spots, the World’s Largest Thermometerâ€"all cataloged with location information, links, and brief, often pithy descriptions. The database is a creation of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), a Los Angelesâ€"based research and education organization that since 1994 has been documenting the reshaping of the natural landscape in the United States...Part sober documentation of the man-made environment, part slyly humorous conceptual-art project, it’s an enterprise that can take a while to wrap one’s head around...Ultimately the emphasisâ€"despite CLUI’s nameâ€"is on documentation, not interpretation.

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