Invisible Gardens: The Search for Modernism in the American Landscape

Invisible Gardens: The Search for Modernism in the American Landscape

by Peter Walker, Melanie Simo
     
 

Invisible Gardens is a composite history of the individuals and firms that defined the field of landscape architecture in America from 1925 to 1975, a period that spawned a significant body of work combining social ideas of enduring value with landscapes and gardens that forged a modern aesthetic. The major protagonists include Thomas Church, Roberto Burle Marx,

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Invisible Gardens is a composite history of the individuals and firms that defined the field of landscape architecture in America from 1925 to 1975, a period that spawned a significant body of work combining social ideas of enduring value with landscapes and gardens that forged a modern aesthetic. The major protagonists include Thomas Church, Roberto Burle Marx, Isamu Noguchi, Luis Barragan, Daniel Urban Kiley, Stanley White, Hideo Sasaki, Ian McHarg, Lawrence Halprin, and Garrett Eckbo.They were the pioneers of a new profession in America,the first to offer alternatives to the historic landscape and the park tradition, as well as to the suburban sprawl and other unplanned developments of twentieth-century cities and institutions. The work is described against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the postwar recovery, American corporate expansion, and the environmental revolution.The authors look at unbuilt schemes as well as actual gardens, ranging from tiny backyards and play spaces to urban plazas and corporate villas. Some of the projects discussed already occupy a canonical position in modern landscape architecture; others deserve a similar place but are less well known. The result is a record of landscape architecture's cultural contribution - as distinctly different in history, intent, and procedure from its sister fields of architecture and planning - during the years when it was acquiring professional status and struggling to define a modernist aesthetic out of the startling changes in postwar America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262731164
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
381
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Legacy of Landscape Architecture: Art or Social Service?2
Ch. 1The Garden as Social Vision30
Ch. 2The Garden as Art56
Ch. 3The Modern Transformation of Thomas Church92
Ch. 4Beyond the American (or California) Dream116
Ch. 5From Backyard to Center City144
Ch. 6The Lone Classicist170
Ch. 7The Modernization of the Schools198
Ch. 8The Corporate Office, a New Organism for Practice: First Wave224
Ch. 9The Environment: Science Overshadows Art258
Ch. 10The Corporate Office, Second Wave284
Epilogue312
Notes320
Further Reading342
Illustration Credits346
Index352

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