Some Place Like Home | II
In her book Some Place Like Home, Toby Israel stresses the importance of reviewing one's "environmental history." In her interview with iconic architect, Michael Graves, they discuss how growing up he always lived in the suburbs. He says it was a good place to grow up, but lacking in activity and culture. Later, he lived in Cambridge, MA, while attending Harvard, then left for New York City, and after that Rome for two years. Ultimately he has permanently put down roots in the college town of Princeton, NJ, where he is a professor. According to Israel's theory, this has everything to do with Graves' environmental history. He has returned to his youth, in some ways, living in town just outside the big city, but Princeton also has a great deal to offer in terms of its own culture and happenings. In this way, he subconsciously chose a place combining his childhood in the suburbs with his stints in New York City and Rome, where culture abounds.