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THE CENTER FOR LAND USE INTERPRETATION (CLUI) is dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about how the nation's lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived.

The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research and education organization interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the surface of the earth, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. We believe that the manmade landscape is a cultural inscription, that can be read to better understand who we are, and what we are doing.

The organization was founded in 1994 - one of the co-founders and director is Matthew Coolidge - and since that time it has produced dozens of exhibits on land use themes and regions, for public institutions all over the United States, as well as overseas. The Center publishes books, conducts public tours, and offers information and research resources through its library, archive, and website.

The CLUI exists to stimulate discussion, thought, and general interest in the contemporary landscape. Neither an environmental group nor an industry affiliated organization, the work of the Center integrates the many approaches to land use—the many perspectives of the landscape—into a single vision that illustrates the common ground in “land use” debates. At the very least, the Center attempts to emphasize the multiplicity of points of view regarding the utilization of terrestrial and geographic resources.

Main Office, Exhibit Hall, Los Angeles
9331 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone and Fax (310) 839-5722

CLUI Wendover
Wendover, Utah is located on Interstate 80, on the state line between Utah and Nevada, 2304 miles west of the George Washington Bridge in New York City, and 611 miles east of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.

Desert Research Station, California
The street address for the DRS is 40083 Hinkley Road, Hinkley, CA 92347

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