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Last Landscapes traces the history of cemeteries throughout Europe and the usa, revealing the artistic and cultural allegiances behind their design, while examining the aesthetic principles of contemporary landscape architecture.
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Overview

Last Landscapes traces the history of cemeteries throughout Europe and the usa, revealing the artistic and cultural allegiances behind their design, while examining the aesthetic principles of contemporary landscape architecture.
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British urban planning pundit and author Ken Worpole (Here Comes the Sun: Architecture and Public Space in Twentieth Century European Culture), together with spouse and photographer Larraine Worpole, takes us on a historical grand tour of cemeteries of the West, with emphasis on Great Britain and continental Europe. In what amounts to an exercise in free association, the text ranges widely through time and place as the author muses on the significance of grave markers, memorial architecture, cemetery layout, burial customs, and all else related to treatment of the dead. If there is a message here, it's that the contemporary cemetery has devolved into a commercialized, sanitized, and marginalized piece of real estate, devoid of the rich, cathartic symbolism and aesthetics of Victorian and earlier cemeteries. In stark contrast to the Worpoles' book, David Charles Sloane's The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History is a conventionally chronological, academically sound survey of the subject from the American perspective. Sloane's history is suitable for all public and academic libraries, while Last Landscapes is an optional purchase for academic collections.-David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861895394
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: non-series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 29 MB
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Meet the Author

Ken Worpole is the author of a number of influential studies of the contemporary urban public realm and other aspects of urban policy. His books include Towns for People (1993), Libraries in a World of Cultural Change (1995), People, Parks and Cities (1996), and, most recently, Here Comes the Sun: Architecture and Public Space in Twentieth Century European Culture (Reaktion, 2001). He is married to Larraine Worpole, photographer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Living with the Dead
2 Landscapes and Meanings
3 Death's Compass
4 Cities of the Dead
5 Libraries in Stone
6 A Walk in the Paradise Gardens
7 The Disappearing Body
8 A Place at the End of the Earth
References
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photographic Acknowledgements
Index
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