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Avant Gardeners

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?100 projects by fifty of the world?s most talented designers of public and private spaces . . . will expand your horizons and thrill the modernist in you.??Metropolitan Home
In recent years, garden and landscape design has witnessed a burgeoning of new ideas. Recent garden plans have embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, and have appropriated ideas from related disciplines such as architecture and product design. One indication of the rise in popularity of these designs has been the growing ...

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Overview

“100 projects by fifty of the world’s most talented designers of public and private spaces . . . will expand your horizons and thrill the modernist in you.”—Metropolitan Home
In recent years, garden and landscape design has witnessed a burgeoning of new ideas. Recent garden plans have embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, and have appropriated ideas from related disciplines such as architecture and product design. One indication of the rise in popularity of these designs has been the growing number of conceptual garden festivals, which have become a premier showcase for new concepts.
This book profiles the work of fifty innovative designers through informative texts, photographs, and plans. Essays explore the underlying principles of these highly individual approaches and show how a new generation has rejected the naturalistic tradition of Western garden design, favoring instead the influences of Modernism, Postmodernism, Pop Art, and Land Art.

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Editorial Reviews

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“The garden book equivalent of an amusement park.”
Arizona Republic
“For gardeners who are starting to yawn, this is a book to wake up to.”
Chicago Tribune
“The Garden-book equivalent to an amusement park…. For gardeners who are starting to yawn, this is the book to wake up to.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500288269
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,452,376
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Richardson is a highly respected writer on garden and landscape design. His books include The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz, Avant Gardeners, and Futurescapes. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Martha Schwartz Schwartz, Martha 8

Introduction Tim Richardson Richardson, Tim 9

Essays

Concept: The theoretical basis for - and a definition of - landscape conceptualism 32

History: The ways in which conceptualist designers both deny and embrace ideas of history 96

Nature: Conceptualists lead the charge against lazy, politically expedient 'eco' solutions 144

Plants and Other Materials: Colour, artificiality, surrealism and green growing things 200

Maxims Towards a Conceptualist Attitude to Landscape Design: More mini-festo than manifesto: notes on conceptualist reality 232

The Conceptualist Garden Show: The best international showcase for conceptual work? 264

Psychotopia: An anatomy of landscape atmosphere: The importance of invisibles 304

Directory 344

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