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While clean air and an open sky may be all we truly need for a great time outdoors, camping has become inextricably linked to specific activities such as erecting the tent and cooking over a fire. In a Chats in the Stacks book talk presented at Cornell University’s Mann Library in September 2023, Martin Hogue, associate professor of landscape architecture, discusses his new book "Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping's Most Essential Items and Activities" (Princeton Architectural Press, 2023), in which he traces the radical transformation of recreational camping from the late nineteenth-century wilderness camp to our contemporary campgrounds with dense rows of individually numbered campsites. Utilizing drawings, patents, diagrams, sketches, paintings, advertisements, and historical photographs, Hogue shares the individual histories of key components that define this familiar and often generic spatial setting: the campsite, the campfire, the picnic table, the campground map, the tent, and the sleeping bag, as well as water distribution and trash collection systems. Hogue also argues that it is the subtle interplay between these various components—some already in place upon arrival, others imported by each occupant—that helps ensure the illusion that campers retain some agency in making their own camp.Martin Hogue serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, where he teaches design studio and several courses that explore representations of rural, urban and suburban landscapes in film and other media. Prof. Hogue has had a long interest in the arts, design education, and the study of how humans come to define places as sites imbued with particular meanings and cultural practices.