Finneran's Wake
Finneran's Wake
Sep 26, 2023
Camping, Architecture, Nature, And The Hidden History Of S’mores | Martin Hogue
Play • 1 hr 15 min

Martin Hogue is an author, architect, and a professor at Cornell University. 

Martin’s latest book, Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping’s Most Essential Items and Activities is available everywhere fine books are sold. 

I can assure you, this conversation will inspire you to unfold your tent, unroll your sleeping bag, throw some logs on the fire, and reconnect with nature! 

In this episode, Martin and I discuss: 

Assembling the greatest camping party in history; The rugged, independent ideal of camping, and its structured, decadent reality; The notion of a “site” as a cultural construction; The metaphysics of architecture; The philosophy of camping; Meta-cognitive camping; National Parks; Albert Good, the father of park design; Blueprints and designs; The importance of drawing; Drawing as a transformative language; How to design a park; The 8 essential components of camping; Urban v. rural settings; Why campsite meals are so delicious; And MUCH more! 

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#camping #architecture #cornelluniversity #newyork #parks #nationalpark #conversation 

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