Tom Rankin

The Anasazi culture in the American Southwest are a case in point of the difficulty of pattern recognition. They understood daily, seasonal, annual patterns and built to retain the heat of the desert in the cool nights, to shelter settlements from summer sun, and to preserve rainwater for the dry season. But these cycles weren't long enough to see that year after year the water table was gradually, impereceptably, lowering. As you say, today we have the science to avoid track these long-term changes, if only we would respect it.

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Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin

Born and raised in Boston, now lives in Italy and works on cities, especially Rome.