The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

by Charles Jencks
     
 

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This book tells the story of one of the most important gardens in Europe, created by the architectural critic and designer Charles Jencks and his late wife, the landscape architect and author Maggie Keswick. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a landscape that celebrates the new sciences of complexity and chaos theory and consists of a series of metaphors exploring

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This book tells the story of one of the most important gardens in Europe, created by the architectural critic and designer Charles Jencks and his late wife, the landscape architect and author Maggie Keswick. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a landscape that celebrates the new sciences of complexity and chaos theory and consists of a series of metaphors exploring the origins, the destiny and the substance of the Universe. The book is illustrated with year-round photography, bringing the garden's many dimensions vividly to life.

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Jencks and his late spouse, Maggie Keswick, created the first true garden of the 21st century in Scotland at their Portrack home. Encompassing landscape, sculpture, flowers and trees, and paths, it is an amazing adventure into time, space, and life; the likes of Francis Crick, Werner Heisenberg, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and any other recent scientific deity would find it welcoming. Any garden might look spectacular in the summer, but few look stunning in the depths of winter, as this one does. The book itself sets a new standard for production with its exceptional beauty. In eight parts, Jencks explains the gestation of this locale and its meaning on an altogether different plane from any other garden on the planet. Jencks has certainly challenged landscape architects in this work to think in altogether different (and less local) ways in their art. How will they respond to this garden and its all-encompassing perspective? Only time will tell. In the meantime, if you can't rush off to Scotland, buy this book. It certainly is the most important landscape architecture document of the year.-Edward J. Valauskas, Lib. & Plant Info. Office, Chicago Botanic Garden Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780711225381
Publisher:
Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
963,239
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Charles Jencks is the author of several best-selling books on architecture. He divides his time between lecturing, writing and designing in the USA, in the UK and in Europe.

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