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Landscape Tunings: An Urban Park at the Danube
Landscape Tunings
An Urban Park at the Danube
Paperback      ISBN: 1945150181

Landscape Tunings maintains that landscape is more than ecology and technical performance; it is also an environment of paramount importance to one's dispositions and wellbeing--an emotional space of social relevance, tuned with and for its communities. In this book, OFICINAA examines the design potentials of the Danube River as a civic anchor, a bioclimatic medium, and a space for collective imagination in the city of Ingolstadt, Germany.

Landscape Tunings: An Urban Park at the Danube explores the city's littoral landscapes with video-essays, drawings, walks, public installations, and exhibitions--each spotlighting the sensate-space where the city meets the Danube's edge. It then showcases the bottom-up and tactical design approaches of the Stadt Park Donau - Donau-Loop project, which aims to foster the spatial embodiment with the riverine environments facing the present challenges of the anthropogenic era. With contributions by G nther Vogt, Andres Lepik, and Simone Schimpf, Landscape Tunings projects the role of littoral landscapes as a medium for the collective wellbeing of the city.

Flowing through ten countries, the Danube is one of the most international rivers in the world. Regardless of its scale, economic output, and ecological relevance, the Danube's landscapes act as cornerstones for civic interaction while "touching" numerous urban fabrics. Initiated in 2013, the Stadt Park Donau - Donau-Loop project in Ingolstadt derives from a three-year design study in collaboration with the various communities in the city. Rather than totalizing, and related to the key German concept of "Stimmung" (tuning of space), the design interventions are spatial tunings to foster community access, wonder and delight. These interventions intensify the particularities of the river landscapes with its distinct environments, and leverage the potentials of the riverbanks as a "thick" space in the pressing commitments to social wellbeing. The Stadt Park Donau - Donau-Loop project was exhibited at the Museum of Concrete Art and Design in Ingolstadt. The exhibition shared the multiple scopes and scales of the design, inviting the public to envision the Danube's inherent beauty as a spatial component in the urban fabric of one the fastest growing cities in Germany.
Thomas Balsley: Uncommon Ground
Thomas Balsley
Uncommon Ground
Hardcover      ISBN: 1943532079

A renowned American landscape architect whose New York City based studio is responsible for some of the most notable and awarded spaces internationally and throughout the United States. Thomas Balsley: Uncommon Ground is a collection of selected projects that display the sweeping range of his work over the past twenty-five years.

Public and private parks, plazas, campuses, and waterfronts attest to the extraordinary level of design excellence that has defined his international reputation and that of his studio, Thomas Balsley Associates.

Working within the margins of the city grids on 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 have established him as a leader and champion of the sustainable and livable urban environment. Balsley Park on Manhattan's 57th Street has been named in his honor, a testament to his substantial work in metropolises around the world. Along with popular and cultural acclaim, Balsley has also recently been selected to become the thirteenth recipient of the coveted ASLA Design Medal, in recognition of exceptional design work at a sustained and professional level.
Architecture and Beyond: Procter-Rihl
Architecture and Beyond
Paperback      ISBN: 1908967404

Procter-Rihl is a multidisciplinary studio that navigates between the scales of architecture, furniture, product design, exhibition and landscape. In a world dominated by over-specialisation, there are few architects that inhabit these multiple areas consistently through their career. The studio proposes a new approach in architecture, Trans-Local, which brings together the familiar and the extraordinary, the local and the global. Unlike typical contextual approaches to place, this method creates tension between the familiar and the new.

Architecture and Beyond surveys the work of the practice, revealing a design method based on linguistics fusing spatial verbs to local archetypes. The projects shown do not follow a chronological order but are clustered by four key design operations: fold, perforate, float and weave. They are firestarters to spatial investigations that are regularly revisited in different scales, programmes or disciplines. The method embraces a diagrammatic purity that is inevitably reflected in the projects.

Conditional design methods have been extensively explored by recent parametric and digital architecture delivering complex and extra-ordinary architecture as a non-contextual formal pursuit. What is new in Procter-Rihl's design method is the fusion of an operative system to a symbolic matrix creating an architecture that responds to locality but also is challenging and provocative. This book highlights 42 projects richly illustrated with more than 258 photos and 100 drawings.
Men and Gardens
Men and Gardens
Paperback      ISBN: 1558215832

A delightful tour through gardens and garden writing of the past.

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
Planting in a Post-Wild World
Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
Hardcover      ISBN: 1604695536
"As practical as it is poetic. . . . an optimistic call to action." --Chicago Tribune

Over time, with industrialization and urban sprawl, we have driven nature out of our neighborhoods and cities. But we can invite it back by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: robust, diverse, and visually harmonious. Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is an inspiring call to action dedicated to the idea of a new nature--a hybrid of both the wild and the cultivated--that can flourish in our cities and suburbs. This is both a post-wild manifesto and practical guide that describes how to incorporate and layer plants into plant communities to create an environment that is reflective of natural systems and thrives within our built world.
Breaking Ground: Portraits of Ten Garden Designers
Breaking Ground
Portraits of Ten Garden Designers
Paperback      ISBN: 1579652387

Not since Martha Schinz's masterful Visions of Paradise, published in 1984, has there been such an important survey of garden design and style as Breaking Ground. Whereas Visions of Paradise featured classic European garden design, Breaking Ground takes an in-depth look at the work of ten contemporary garden designers living and working in America and Europe today.

The two hundred glorious full-color photographs by Erica Lennard and the lucid text by garden writer and designer Page Dickey capture the spirit and genius of the ten designers. A chapter is devoted to each designer--his or her sources of inspiration, style, philosophy, and method of creation. From the bold Southern California designs of Nancy Power to the urban geometries of Madison Cox to the updated French formal style of Louis Benech to the romantic country gardens of Nancy McCabe, Breaking Ground profiles the artists who are redefining garden design categories.

Inspirational, informative, contemporary, and beautiful, Breaking Ground is a spectacularly crafted object in itself--sure to be one of the major garden gift books of the season.

Landscaping For Wildlife
Landscaping For Wildlife
Trade Paperback      SKU: 281AKJ1008067
The Good Gardener?: Nature, Humanity and the Garden
The Good Gardener?
Nature, Humanity and the Garden
Paperback      ISBN: 1908967455

The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity, and the Garden illuminates both the foundations and after-effects of humanity's deep-rooted impulse to manipulate the natural environment and create garden spaces of diverse kinds. Gardens range from subsistence plots to sites of philosophical speculation, refuge, and self-expression. Gardens may serve as projections of personal or national identity. They may result from individual or collective enterprises. They may shape the fabric of the dwelling house or city. They may be real or imagined, literary constructs or visions of paradise rendered in paint. Some result from a delicate negotiation between creator and medium. Others, in turn, readily reveal the underlying paradox of every garden's creation: the garden, so often viewed as a kinder, gentler, 'second nature, ' results from violence done to what was once wilderness. Designed as a companion volume to Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden, this richly illustrated collection of provocative essays is edited by Annette Giesecke, Professor of Classics at the University of Delaware, and Naomi Jacobs, Professor of English at the University of Maine. Contributors to this wide-ranging volume include photographer Margaret Morton, landscape ethicist Rick Darke, philosopher David Cooper, environmental journalist Emma Marris, and food historian William Rubel.

Landscape Handbook for the Tropics New Ed.
Landscape Handbook for the Tropics New Ed.
Paperback      ISBN: 1870673417

Many professions are involved directly or indirectly with tropical landscape, yet there are few sources of readily digestible information for the student to turn to. This book gives guidance to the newcomer about tropical landscape design. It describes the work of the professional designer, but is sufficiently down-to-earth to be accessible to the amateur for whom professional consultation is not available.

Garden Ornaments: 30 Beautiful Projects for Decorating Your Garden
Garden Ornaments
30 Beautiful Projects for Decorating Your Garden
Paperback      ISBN: 1564967891