The Architecture of Landscape, 1940-1960

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Following the end of World War II, the primary tasks for many countries were land clearance, reformation, and reconstruction, as well as the reestablishment of functioning infrastructures. These social and environmental concerns, with parallel developments in the fine arts, fostered many of the century's most consequential developments in landscape design and architecture, and set the course that we still follow to a large degree today.

With over two hundred illustrations in ten essays by noted historians and theorists from around the world, The Architecture of Landscape, 1940-1960 offers a comprehensive analysis of landscape architecture during an epoch when geographic limits became less important than a sense of world development and an international community of values and design ideas. In this sense, it is a landmark publication.

Contributors include Thorbjörn Andersson, Malene Hauxner, Alan Powers, Dorothée Imbert, Gert Gröning, Catherine Howett, Dianne Harris, Rossana Vaccarino, and Philip Goad.

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"Highly recommended."—Choice

The New Yorker
As New Yorkers consider their choices for a reimagined downtown skyline, two new books take helpful looks at the urban milieu. The Architecture of Landscape, 1940-1960, edited by Marc Treib, presents the city as an organism, capable of healthy growth but susceptible to illness. An essay by Thorbjörn Andersson describes Sweden as an early laboratory for landscape architects: Stockholm's congested downtown was plagued by tuberculosis epidemics and other health problems until the nineteen-fifties, when city planners restructured the afflicted areas to allow for more air and light. And in postwar Berlin, a food shortage prompted the landscape architect Georg Pniower to design "fruit landscapes" with one-family homes and vegetable gardens.

The plotting of city lines defines George Tice's photographs in Urban Landscapes Tice constructs a social and cultural portrait of the gritty New Jersey environs where he grew up. His compositions are beautiful, deep images that draw viewers in -- a water tower looming behind a gas station, the corrugated back of a drive-in-movie screen, scrappy storefronts in Atlantic City, bicycles leaning in front of Sal's Pizza & Subs. Impersonality may often be part of industrial imagery, but Tice focuses instead on the personal, emphasizing a smiling couple on their Hudson River houseboat rather than the cool city across the river. In a rooftop photograph, a block of Hoboken tenements is crisscrossed by laundry lines with randomly clothespinned handkerchiefs and underwear. "All things are subject to change," Tice writes. "Looking for beauty, I managed to find it in places that some would think the most unlikely."

(Lauren Porcaro)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812236231
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/3/2002
  • Series: Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.46 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Space Calculated in Seconds and the editor of numerous volumes including Modern Landscape Architecture: A Critical Review, and An Everyday Modernism: The Houses of William Wurster.
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