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Found Scenery

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The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation restores the work of the Japanese American landscape designer Taro Akutagawa to the modernist desert Southwest.

By Jennifer Reut

Like many cities in the Southwest (Palm Springs, California, most conspicuously), Tucson, Arizona, has a decent bank of midcentury modern buildings and landscapes. In the 1950s and 1960s, home buyers, drawn by the mirage of golf course-adjacent desert living (with air-conditioning, swimming pools, and lawns), flocked to the Southwest, and large swaths of the new development that went up during that era were built in the middle-class modern idiom. Continue reading Found Scenery