Futurescapes: Designers for Tomorrow's Outdoor Spaces

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A fresh and highly informed overview of work by today's leading landscape architects from around the world.
The urgency of global climate change has made the early twenty-first century one of the most productive periods in landscape and garden design. Clients—corporate, civic, and private—are committed to the creation of innovative outdoor spaces.
Curated by one of the world’s leading critics of contemporary landscape design, this collection ...

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Overview

A fresh and highly informed overview of work by today's leading landscape architects from around the world.
The urgency of global climate change has made the early twenty-first century one of the most productive periods in landscape and garden design. Clients—corporate, civic, and private—are committed to the creation of innovative outdoor spaces.
Curated by one of the world’s leading critics of contemporary landscape design, this collection profiles work by fifty design studios through texts, up-to-date projects, easy-to-read plans, and photographs. The practices have been chosen for their innovation and their unique contribution to current debates in landscape and garden design. The selection spans well-established names, such as Patrick Blanc (France), Fernando Caruncho (Spain), Dan Pearson (UK), and Stephen Stimson (US) to smaller, lesser-known studios, such as Ossart & Maurières (France), Wette und Kunecke (Germany), and Landscape India (India).
Five essays identify and explain the prevailing preoccupations and practices of today’s designers with themes that range from the recent predilection for creating new landforms to the trend towards eco- expediency.

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Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Review of Books
“A range of readers… will find this filled with inspiration for a wide variety of outdoor spaces that answer concurrent issues of usage and global climate change.”
Washington Gardener
“No matter what your taste and style, you can find something to love.”
Library Journal
The increase in concern about the environmental impact of building has added to the importance of landscaping in planning and urban design. Richardson follows his Avant Gardeners—in which he profiles 50 landscape designers worldwide—with this survey of another 50 design firms, selected for significance, distinctiveness, and innovation. Half the firms are based in Europe, a quarter in the United States, and the remainder throughout the rest of the world. Examples of their recent work include public parks, gardens, and private estates; some sites are former military or industrial complexes. The results are diverse, but many feature strongly thematic ground plans and juxtapose plantings with hard surfaces and water elements. Leading practitioners and critics have contributed brief essays about the state of landscape design. The 472 photographs and computer graphics are of excellent quality. VERDICT A valuable design resource for landscape architects and students. Architects and city planners may also be interested as the design or redesign of neighborhoods now often includes the local landscape.—David R. Conn, formerly with Surrey Libs., B.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500515778
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/19/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Richardson directs the Chelsea Fringe gardening festival in London and is the former landscape editor at Wallpaper*, gardens editor at Country Life, and founding editor of New Eden.

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