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Alfresco Living: 21st Century Architecture
Alfresco Living
21st Century Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 1864705124

This title features courtyard gardens and terraces designed to become part of the interior spaces of the homes they adjoin. Providing an attractive solution for time-poor owners, these low-maintenance gardens function as outdoor rooms and become extensions of everyday living spaces.

Green: House Green: Engineering: Environmental Design at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Green: House Green: Engineering
Environmental Design at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Paperback      ISBN: 1935935569

The book explores the sustainable design principles and innovative engineering behind the development of two of the world's largest conditioned public conservatories or biomes. Nestled within waterfront gardens, the biomes are the centrepiece of a development that will define Singapore as the world's premier tropical garden city: gardens that are on track to become a national and international exemplar of sustainable practice.

Through a combination of photographs, graphics and narratives, the book explores the challenges of building two huge enclosures to recreate, in Singapore's naturally sunny, hot and humid environment, the ideal growing conditions for plants from cool-dry Mediterranean regions and the cool-moist conditions of tropical mountain regions. While the thrust of the narrative will consider the environmental design and engineering approach of Atelier Ten, three other voices reflect upon the landscape, architectural and structural engineering issues that confronted the core members of the integrated design team.

As environmental engineers Atelier Ten developed highly innovative passive and active environmental strategies for controlling conditions within the conservatories, while minimising energy demand to exemplar levels. Outside the Biomes the unique Supertree structures house components of the systems that provide cool and dry air to the biomes and also incorporate photovoltaic panels to generate power. The systems run mainly on tree-thinnings - waste material generated by Singapore's National Parks maintenance programme - which are being diverted from landfill to be used as a source of biomass to generate energy and heat.

The landscaping incorporates extensive natural water treatment devices to control, attenuate and cleanse the enormous flows of water from the biome roof areas and the hard landscaping areas during tropical storms. These have been seamlessly integrated into the hard and soft landscaping which comes to life during the frequent deluges that are characteristic of the tropical climate.

In addition, Atelier Ten have developed sustainable management matrices to establish agreed principles of design and construction to exceed benchmarks establish by LEED(TM), Singapore's BCA Green Mark scheme and One Planet Living approaches.
The Professional Designer's Guide to Garden Furnishings
The Professional Designer's Guide to Garden Furnishings
Hardcover      ISBN: 1604692936

Gardens don't need just plants, paths, and walls; they need chairs, benches, cushions, arbors, containers, and artwork, too. But finding and choosing these accessories can be a challenge. The Professional Designer's Guide to Garden Furnishings helps you meet the challenge by providing both visual inspiration and practical information about how to choose and where to find just about every kind of accessory a garden might need.

This comprehensive guide includes information on how furnishings are linked to architecture; offers tips and techniques for choosing furnishings based on comfort, scale, and proportion; and provides a survey of sixteen popular styles, including Craftsman, Midcentury Modern, and Contemporary. Vanessa Gardner Nagel, herself a professional garden designer as well as a nationally certified interior designer, also discusses the properties of a wide variety of material choices, including wood, stone, ceramics, concrete, metal, and fabrics. An extensive list of sources rounds out this truly indispensable guide.

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

Featuring over 250 stunning photographs by Michael Stavaridis of Mario Nievera's diverse gardens and landscapes As a child, Mario Nievera would fantasize about perfect, unfolding landscapes and luscious, animated gardens. Now, he creates them: Nievera Williams Design, one of the top landscape architectural firms in the country, plans and develops diverse projects for residential estates, community parks, and corporate and institutional properties, both nationally and abroad. For Mario, it is imperative that a house be closely connected to its surroundings: with every project, whether bucolic and classical, elegant and refined, or dramatic and fanciful, he endeavors to achieve a seamless integration between interior and exterior spaces. Using a colorful palette of unique and varied vegetation, from vibrant flower beds to elegant coconut palms and rustic ivy-covered trellises to framing Ficus trees, Mario uses nature as a tool for design. Painting with plant-life in climates as diverse as tropical Floridian coasts and as temperamental as windy New York rooftops, Forever Green presents the landscape architect's innovative idylls from all of our dreams. It is sure to make you green with envy.

Ian Mcharg: Conversations With Students: Dwelling in Nature
Ian Mcharg
Conversations With Students: Dwelling in Nature
Paperback      ISBN: 1568986203

One of the legendary gures in twentieth-century landscape design, Ian McHarg transformed the fields of landscape architecture and planning through his personal methodology, his unique curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania, and his own inspired writing. In classic texts such as his landmark 1969 book Design with Nature, McHarg painted an incredibly rich and exuberant picture of the organic world while conjuring up a vision of a more wholesome and productive metropolis. In this new entry in the popular Conversations with Students series, we are proud to make McHarg's never-before-in-print lecture "Collaboration with Nature" available for the first time. Captured on tape in the 1970s, the lecture is the sequel to Design with Nature. This is a must-read for anyone in the fields of landscape architecture, environmental science, and urban planning."

Elements of Garden Design
Elements of Garden Design
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805037195

In Elements of Garden Design, Joe Eck has created a rhetoric of designing gardens - a series of succinctly expressed and easily grasped definitions of key concepts, useful both to the complete novice and the experienced professional. These essays explore the mysteries of garden design, forming an indispensable primer on the making of a garden.
The book is illustrated with thirty-five line drawings by Lisa Brooks that visually support the main concern, which is to address at once the abstract thought that goes into the shaping of a garden as well as its concrete realization. The most theoretical concepts, such as "intention" or "harmony," are discussed and illustrated alongside the most practical - such as decks, fences, gateways, utility areas, vegetable gardens, and places for children to play.
The publication of Elements of Garden Design, already acclaimed by important garden writers and designers in America and England, is a significant event in American gardening. It is destined to be a bible for the growing number of serious American gardeners.

A Life Spent Changing Places
A Life Spent Changing Places
Hardcover      ISBN: 0812242637

Landscape architect, urban planner, teacher, and social visionary: over the course of a sixty-year career, Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) reshaped the spaces we inhabit and our ways of moving through them. The New York Times called him "the tribal elder of American landscape architecture" and the critic Ada Louise Huxtable credited him with creating what "may be one of the most important urban spaces since the Renaissance." His bold use of abstract imagery could evoke the landscape of the American West in a sequence of city squares and fountains, while his plan for repurposing an abandoned factory near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf showed how adaptive use of a historic structure could turn commercial development into urban theater. A man who deeply loved cities, he left as one of his most important legacies the five thousand acres of coastline, hedgerows, and meadows that became Sonoma County's environmentally sensitive and enormously influential Sea Ranch.

Featuring more than ninety black-and-white and one hundred color reproductions of photographs, plans, and sketchbooks, A Life Spent Changing Places is Halprin's own account of how a young boy who listened to the fireside chats of FDR on the radio became the man who designed the memorial to that president in the nation's capital. It is a book about the invention and reinvention of an extraordinary man over the span of decades and how he helped to reframe the world around him.

New Portable Architecture: Designing Mobile & Temporary Structures
New Portable Architecture
Designing Mobile & Temporary Structures
Hardcover      ISBN: 8415967233

This title deals with the challenges that architects and designers face in creating spaces that can be rapidly constructed, taken down and even relocated. In revealing the cutting-edge techniques that are allowing static architectural forms to go mobile, the diverse examples provided in this book will capture readers' attention and imagination.

The Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook
The Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook
Paperback      ISBN: 1770856676

"This book is indeed complete with every aspect of design material selection, installation and care considered... Appropriate as a coffee table book and an instructive text; beginner and pro alike will not be disappointed." -- B and B, Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association

Maggy Howarth is one of the world's foremost pebble mosaic experts, known for the innovative traditional and contemporary designs she has used to create outdoor mosaics around the world.

This new edition is updated, revised and expanded by 32 pages to incorporate many new inspirational designs from the author's studio, Cobblestone Designs, including an experiment in 3-D, spirals and roundels, and large mosaic designs for community spaces. There is also a special section that explores pebble mosaics as a decorative art throughout history.

The book provides practical step-by-step instructions for creating mosaics using traditional and modern materials, tools and techniques. The 400 beautiful color photographs and illustrations offer inspiration and make this a stunning how-to book and wish-book.

The sections and their chapters are:

    Core Techniques
  • The basic principles of mosaic
  • In-situ techniques
  • Precast technique
  • Using the computer to make patterns
  • New developments in pebble mosaic

    Around the World
  • Pebble mosaic traditions from around the world
  • Contemporary pebble mosaicists

    Gazetteer of Design Ideas and Templates by Maggy Howarth
  • Allover patterns; Chinese allover patterns; interlacing patterns; allover centrical designs; borders; stars; sun and moon; spiral, cross and maze; human figures; mythological figures and anthropomorphic creatures; stick figures; animals; reptiles and fish; birds; insects; flowers; trees; other suitable subjects.
Western Garden Book
Western Garden Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0376038756

The Western Garden Book presents hundreds of pages worth of gardening wisdom from the editors of Sunset magazine. The Western reader will find plenty of ideas and tips on growing beautiful gardens, primarily in the Western United States.