EVEN IN THESE chaotic times, the house and garden endure in every culture as an image of well-being. Most people see the attainment of this fusion of shelter and vegetation as a basic human right, and an expectation of any responsible sociopolitical system. Tragically, the masses of homeless citizens in our cities, the festering ghettos, rural poverty, and the ravages wrought by architecture on the natural environment attest to the inaccessibility of this dream for all but the privileged few. At the same time that the domestic opulence illustrated in the proliferation of shelter magazines nourishes our wildest fantasies of the pleasures of house and garden, these images only frustrate a readership with limited economic resources.

Even when the house and garden are financially accessible, the classic or unconscious image of them is rarely realized anymore, especially in Modernist-influenced

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