Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History

Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History

by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
     
 

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From Stonehenge to the royal gardens of Versailles, from the Nazca Lines of Peru to the Forbidden City of Beijing, from the great temple complexes of ancient Egypt to New York's Central Park, people throughout the world from the dawn of civilization have shaped the landscape around them. This fascinating book, a comprehensive survey of the history of landscape design,… See more details below

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From Stonehenge to the royal gardens of Versailles, from the Nazca Lines of Peru to the Forbidden City of Beijing, from the great temple complexes of ancient Egypt to New York's Central Park, people throughout the world from the dawn of civilization have shaped the landscape around them. This fascinating book, a comprehensive survey of the history of landscape design, considers what the evolution of human interaction with the land reveals about the development of society, and how the resulting cities, parks, and gardens embody the values of the cultures that planned and built them. Beginning with prehistoric caves and stone circles, and continuing through the cities and planned environments created by civilizations from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome up to the most exciting avant-garde gardens and earthworks of the present day, author Elizabeth Barlow Rogers discusses these superb landscapes in their historical and cultural contexts.

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of plans, drawings, and photographs, many made specifically for this book, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History will be an invaluable resource to scholars, architects, garden enthusiasts, and indeed to anyone who appreciates the place-making creations of both the great artists and the ordinary folk who have shaped the land.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, former administrator of New York City's Central Park (The Forests and Wetlands of New York City), begins Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History with stone circles and ziggurats, and traces design's evolution through to today's suburbs and theme parks. An encyclopedic account of man-made landscapes around the world illustrated with a stunning 633 photos and drawings, more than half in color, the book reveals a 1720 English turf ampitheater, the "Tea, Moss and Stones" (as one chapter is titled) of Japanese gardens, the grand genius of Versailles designer Andr Le N tre, as well as today's "Earthworks, Golf Courses, Philosophical Models, and Poetic Metaphors." It's an accessible and elegant respite. ( Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, former administrator of New York City's Central Park (The Forests and Wetlands of New York City), begins Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History with stone circles and ziggurats, and traces design's evolution through to today's suburbs and theme parks. An encyclopedic account of man-made landscapes around the world illustrated with a stunning 633 photos and drawings, more than half in color, the book reveals a 1720 English turf ampitheater, the "Tea, Moss and Stones" (as one chapter is titled) of Japanese gardens, the grand genius of Versailles designer Andr Le N tre, as well as today's "Earthworks, Golf Courses, Philosophical Models, and Poetic Metaphors." It's an accessible and elegant respite. ( Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Perhaps best known as the founding director of New York's Central Park Conservancy, which oversaw and funded the park's revitalization, Rogers (The Forests and Wetlands of New York City) here presents a comprehensive survey of landscape design. Viewing her subject as the art that modifies and shapes nature, she explores the cultural values that shape, or are embodied in, cities, parks, and gardens. Embracing all cultures and ranging from prehistoric times to the present, this book covers the broadest range of subjects implied by the title, including city planning, landscape architecture, conservation, earthworks, and other uses of land in contemporary art. While this history is international in scope, it does narrow its primary focus to the United States when it reaches the late 20th century. The photographs and especially the plans are excellent and numerous. Single pages or double-page spreads devoted to specific topics add an encyclopedic element while allowing Rogers to provide even more information, illustrations, and plans without interrupting the flow of her very readable text. Accessible to lay readers but of interest to scholars, this book could serve as the text for a comprehensive course on the history of landscape design. Highly recommended. Daniel Starr, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
New Yorker
This sumptuously illustrated book expands the definition of landscaping from the usual suspects -- Versailles, Tivoli, and Central Park -- to include, on the one hand, Stonehenge and the Pyramids and, on the other, Disneyland. The result is a comprehensive history of human interaction with the land. Barlow Rogers, a landscape planner, considers that the main shift has been from a sacral idea of place to a conception of "value-neutral" space governed by mathematical principles of perspective. So, while ancient sites reflected pagan cosmologies and animistic beliefs, in Renaissance landscapes the experience of the individual viewer became central. When Petrarch, a keen gardener, explained why he had tried to climb Mont Ventoux, his words were quintessentially those of a Renaissance man: "My only motive was to see what so great an elevation had to offer."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810942530
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.75(h) x 1.50(d)

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