Landscape Architecture and Design
Forever Green: A Landscape Architect's Innovative Gardens Offer Environments to Love and Delight
Forever Green
A Landscape Architect's Innovative Gardens Offer Environments to Love and Delight
Hardcover      ISBN: 0983388997
Forever Green presents the stunning American landscapes of Mario Nievera's design, in climates as diverse as tropical Florida and temperamental New York.
Naked: The Architecture of Guy Peterson
The Architecture of Guy Peterson
Hardcover      ISBN: 1941806554
This landmark volume documents the stunning work of Guy Peterson, who has spent his life pursuing and developing a rich architectural vision carefully tuned to the demands and opportunities afforded by the unique features of Florida and his design-by-removal process that has produced some of America's greatest coastal architecture. The landscape of Florida and its subtropical climate presents any architect with many challenges to overcome while maintaining its rich building traditions. Guy Peterson, by his own example, has recaptured and redirected efforts toward an authentic Florida architecture. This book details the unique process by which Guy Peterson begins with the basics of climate, program, volume, and proportion and creates buildings of simplicity and power. The architecture showcased here is made from simple materials carefully employed to accomodate function, sculp space, and capture light. Architecture that proves again and again that simplicity is the most powerful generator of architectural form. His is a naked architecture.
Thomas Balsley: Uncommon Ground
Thomas Balsley
Uncommon Ground
Hardcover      ISBN: 1943532079
Thomas Balsley is a renowned American landscape architect whose NYC-based studio is responsible for some of the most notable and richly awarded spaces throughout the U.S. and Far East. This volume of selected works displays the sweeping range of that work over the past 25 years; consisting of public and private parks, plazas, campuses, and waterfronts and attests to the extraordinary level of design excellence that has defined his international reputation and that of his studio. Working in the margins of the city grid, scraps of land and post-industrial waterfronts, his unique fusion of nature, culture and process have produced vibrant public spaces, urban miracles both large and small, provocative and sublime, and has established himself as a leader in his field and champion of the sustainable and livable urban environment. His award-winning and iconic designs can be found in Dallas’ Main Street Garden, Cleveland’s Perk Park, Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park, Tokyo’s Gate City and World Trade Centers in Osaka and Guiyang, China. In NYC alone, his robust portfolio of over one hundred landscapes includes 13 blocks along the Hudson River called Riverside Park South, Gantry Park, Hunter’s Point South along the East River across from the United Nations, Peggy Rockefeller Plaza, and Balsley Park on Manhattan’s 57th Street, named in his honor. His teaching and speaking engagements at Harvard’s GSD, University of Pennsylvania, the National Building Museum, Seoul National University, etc., together with a wealth of media exposure and publications, including “Thomas Balsley: The Urban Landscape
The Most Beautiful Gardens Ever Written: A Guide
The Most Beautiful Gardens Ever Written
A Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1935935224
Are gardens anything more than collections of plants? Spaces for leisure activities? Extensions that protect the private house from the public road? Art objects appreciated by a relatively small group of connoisseurs? To consider such questions this guidebook invites readers on a tour of ten beautiful gardens as depicted in thousands and thousands of pages of fiction written by the most skillful of novelists over a period of almost a millennium. From Murasaki Shikibu
Be Seated
Be Seated
Hardcover      ISBN: 1939621720
In Be Seated Laurie Olin writes of his long interest in public seating in parks and civic spaces sharing his insights into seemingly ordinary elements of these places and actions of our individual lives and experience along with his concern for the importance and effects of public seating in the conduct and potential of our role as citizens and the establishment of place and community. Discovering both the extraordinary in the ordinary, along with the ordinary in the extraordinary, Olin shares examples of his experience as a landscape architect, and the theory, craft, and role of seating in a number of prominent civic places, historically, and some of those his firm and others have designed. Accompanying the essays are drawings and watercolors by Olin that create a dialogue between writing and image, supplying further richness to the author’s insights and point of view as a designer.
Designing Our Way to a Better World
Designing Our Way to a Better World
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0816698880
Fisher sketches a broader role for the design community than the conventional environments, products, and communication that applies the empathetic and iterative methods of the discipline to larger societal dilemmas in order to help people not only create a better physical world for themselves, but also improve systems and services that have been badly designed by non-designers. He covers invisible systems, education, infrastructure, public health, politics, economics, and beliefs. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, & Attending
Austere Gardens
Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, & Attending
Paperback      ISBN: 1935935380
Austere Gardens suggests another way to look at the landscape, the garden, and perhaps the entire world around us. It suggests that being open to other ways of observing and sensing can yield new insights and rewards, and that interest is found in places unassuming and overlooked as well as those complex and assertive. Perceiving is only one half the story, however. Realizing places using simple acts and reduced means is the other half. The history of garden-making reveals continued attempts to create an Eden, to surpass our given environment in abundance and delight, and by selected instruments transcend the constraints of site, topography, and climate. The alternative to this garden of inclusion lies in the landscapes of reduction and compression, for example the dry gardens of Japan. These might be termed austere gardens. The word “austere,
Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City.: Isthmus
Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City.
Hardcover      ISBN: 0473325500
First and foremost, this is a book about New Zealand landscape architecture and urban design, viewed through the lens of Isthmus, an award-winning design studio that for more than twenty-five years has been shaping and reshaping the way we experience our?land and cityscapes. It is also a story about New Zealand, about changing perspectives and attitudes?to the use of land and water, the way we organise our cities, the way we play, live, and work, and the lessons from the past that can influence the way we build new communities. Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City. presents twenty-five projects, from small playscapes that put children back at the heart of the city right through to large infrastructural works, such as the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, that have transformed cities by turning them around to face the water. These works are set against a background of contemporary debates about making the new New Zealand, housing and population intensification, urbanisation, and landscape protection. It is hoped that this book will bring these integrated works of landscape, urban design, and architecture to a wider audience. This is a generous, well-crafted, and beautifully photographed book that also explains the process of design through drawing. The twenty-five projects illustrate design ideas, the stories behind them, and the impact that these project have had on their communities. Importantly, Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City. is the first published compilation of works detailing the output of one New Zealand design studio with a strong record of innovative landscape architecture practice.
Japanese Garden Design
Japanese Garden Design
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804820716
One of the better volumes on the principles of Japanese garden design, avoiding much of the annoying sentimentalism to which Western writers on Japanese gardens are prone. Keane, a landscape architect, integrates Japanese history, philosophy, geography, art, and culture into his discussion of Japanese design principles and aesthetics, bringing the gardens he describes to life. Excellent color photographs and detailed drawings. 11x9". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Michael Van Gessel Landscape Architect
Michael Van Gessel Landscape Architect
Paperback      ISBN: 905662038x
Edited by Christian Bertram, Erik de Jong.