The art of landscape architecture is in need of description and illustration in the broad comprehensive terms adopted by this book. Ideas and techniques of naturalistic landscape design are explored in eleven chapters, mainly illustrated by the author's own projects from before the era of digital presentation. Description of design processes is sometimes broadened into anecdotes arising from a working life. A modernised form of the naturalistic landscape design approach invented in England in the eighteenth century is shown still to be relevant for contemporary life.The first four chapters discuss human response to landscape and to being outdoors in the British Isles, concluding with examples of design organised by understanding how people move on foot. The eighteenth century naturalistic English landscape style is then explored through a series of historic restoration projects, followed by twentieth century projects for rural parks and lakes, a direct evolution from this tradition. Included is a discussion on the idea of man-made projects moving from rural settings to cities as urban landscape. One chapter analyses urban views and skylines and how these can be safeguarded. The sweeping scope of the book displays the breadth of landscape architecture.
Piet Oudolf is best known for his now-iconic designs for the High Line in New York City and Millennium Park in Chicago. Hummelo, his own garden in The Netherlands, is visited by thousands of gardeners each year. It serves as his personal design and plant propagation laboratory, and is where he has honed his aesthetic and created new varieties of plants for over three decades. This title charts how the garden of one of the world's best-known and most-loved plantsmen has evolved, and gives frank assessments of his experiments that have gone both well and awry. Hummelo, timed to coincide with Oudolf's 70th birthday and his acceptance of Holland's most prestigious cultural award, provides his throngs of followers with a chronology of how his naturalistic style and career have developed. Lush photography documents how the garden has changed and inspired him over the years, and text by prolific garden writer Noel Kingsbury will ensure a lively read for all home garden enthusiasts.
The world's cities are connected to the rest of the globe by air travel. But the airports built to serve cities can take on a life of their own. The areas around large urban airports have particular noise complaints, forms of infrastructure and transient, impermanent architecture unique to them. These "noise landscapes" are emerging worldwide, often rivaling--or even surpassing--the cities they purport to serve in size and economic importance. The Noise Landscape: A Spatial Exploration of Airports and Cities, the product of several years of research led by Kees Christiannse at ETH Zurich, is the first attempt to study this phenomenon. On the basis of eight European case studies (Amsterdam, Zurich, London-Heathrow, Frankfurt, Munich, Madrid and the two Paris airports) this volume provides the first account of how these landscapes emerged and how they can be interpreted.
The modern period in landscape architecture is enjoying the fascinated appreciation of scholars and historians in Europe and the Americas, and new themes, new subjects and new appraisals are appearing. This book contributes to the conversation by focusing on the work of a singular designer who spent his entire career in a province of the North Island of New Zealand. Ted Smyth practiced an assured landscape modernism without ever seeing the designs of his forebears or his contemporaries working in the UK, Europe and the United States. Designing in isolation from the mainstream of modernism, and a little after its high tide, Smyth produced a series of gardens that provoke a revaluation of the diffusionist model of influence. The book explains and describes the evolution of Smyth's design vocabulary and relates it to the development of tropical landscape modernism in other Asia-Pacific sites. It shows how a culture of garden modernism can be generated from within a particular locale, and highlights Smyth's engagement with Māori design traditions in search of a specific expression of the high modern essentialism of place.
Can nature--in all its unruly wildness--be an integral part of creative landscape design? In her beautifully illustrated book, Wild by Design, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick urges designers to look beyond the rules often imposed by both landscaping convention and sustainability checklists. Instead, she offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the entrenched belief that natural processes cannot complement high-level landscape design. Wild by Design defines and explains the five fundamental strategies Ruddick employs, often in combination, to give life, beauty, and meaning to landscapes: Reinvention, Restoration, Conservation, Regeneration, and Expression. Drawing on her own projects--from New York City's Queens Plaza, formerly a concrete jungle of traffic, to a desertscape backyard in Baja, California, to the Living Water Park in Chengdu, China--she offers guidance on creating beautiful, healthy landscapes that successfully reconnect people with larger natural systems. A revealing look into the approach of one of sustainable landscape design's most innovative practitioners, Wild by Design stretches the boundaries of landscape design, offering readers a set of broader, more flexible strategies and practical examples that allow for the unexpected exuberance of nature to be a welcome part of our gardens, parks, backyards, and cities.