Environmentalism in Landscape Architecture

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The papers presented in this volume range from proposals for new design approaches, historical analysis of the relationship between the practice of landscape architecture and environmentalism, to the theories of early practitioners of landscape architecture imbued by an environmentalist outlook.

The issues above are addressed through topics as eclectic as the design of American zoos, the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority, road design and maintenance in Texas, and ...

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Overview

The papers presented in this volume range from proposals for new design approaches, historical analysis of the relationship between the practice of landscape architecture and environmentalism, to the theories of early practitioners of landscape architecture imbued by an environmentalist outlook.

The issues above are addressed through topics as eclectic as the design of American zoos, the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority, road design and maintenance in Texas, and criticism of relationships between the words and works of select landscape architects. This volume provides a fresh approach to encounters between environmentalism and landscape architecture by reframing the issues through self-reflection instead of strategic debate.

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Papers from May 1998 symposium by landscape architects and historians of different stripes cover proposals for new design approaches, the historical relationship between landscape architecture and environmentalism, and the theories of early landscape architects who had an environmentalist outlook. These issues are covered through specific topics such as American zoo design, the establishment of the TVA, road design and maintenance in Texas, and criticism of the difference between the words and works of landscape architects. A tidbit from the paper on Japanese gardens: "Their design was intended to fulfill a longing for isolated scenic places, such as oceanfront or alpine landscapes. In short, Japanese gardens are completely removed from recent ecological landscape design concepts, despite their natural appearance." Well-appointed with black and white photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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´╗┐Michel Conan is the former Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Contested Claims and Creative Tensions 1
Jungles of Eden: The Design of American Zoos 23
Environmental Therapy for Soil and Social Erosion: Landscape Architecture and Depression-Era Highway Construction in Texas 45
Organic Planning: Ecology and Design in the Landscape of the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-45 71
Ian McHarg, Landscape Architecture, and Environmentalism: Ideas and Methods in Context 97
Do Landscapes Learn? Ecology's "New Paradigm" and Design in Landscape Architecture 115
Environmental Rhetoric, Environmental Sophism: The Words and Work of Landscape Architecture 133
Constructions of American Forest: Four Landscapes, Four Readings 163
The Post-Earth Day Conundrum: Translating Environmental Values into Landscape Design 187
Environmentalism in Japanese Gardens 245
Contributors 269
Indexes 273
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