Mediterranean Landscape Design: Vernacular Contemporary

Overview

Inspiring and joyful designs from France, Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Spain: an essential companion for anyone interested in landscape design, gardens, and art.

Human beings have been transforming Mediterranean landscapes into art for at least 30,000 years. Millennia of human negotiations with the land prove that to “tread lightly” on the earth need not be at odds with our interface with nature.

Today’s landscape architects, designers, land ...

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Overview

Inspiring and joyful designs from France, Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Spain: an essential companion for anyone interested in landscape design, gardens, and art.

Human beings have been transforming Mediterranean landscapes into art for at least 30,000 years. Millennia of human negotiations with the land prove that to “tread lightly” on the earth need not be at odds with our interface with nature.

Today’s landscape architects, designers, land artists, sculptors, and gardeners are taking inspiration from age-old materials, skills, and sites to produce landscape designs and art that celebrate living in this multifaceted region. All involve a strongly graphic vision of the landscape; are site-generated; and observe the logic of place as determined by climate, geology, flora and fauna, architecture, and land use.

Contemporary landscape designers and land artists from Nicole de Vésian to Fernando Caruncho, Heidi Gildemeister to Paolo Pejrone, Andy Goldsworthy to Gilles Clément, and Jacqueline Morabito to Ian Hamilton Finlay are featured.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
“One of the dozens of sites documented in Louisa Jones’s ‘Mediterranean Landscape Design’.... [Ian Hamilton] Finlay’s Provençal fantasy is a testament to the universality of his art, as much at home among olive and lavender terraces as the flinty hills of Scotland.”
Library Journal
This large-format book celebrates gardens in southern Europe and North Africa, mostly created by landscape architects. Jones (Nicole de Vésian: Gardens, Modern Design in Provence), with photographer Nichols (The Art of Flower & Garden Photography), introduce diverse properties in France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, and Spain in thematic sections. Some feature land art by sculptors like Andy Goldsworthy; a number of pieces are located along a public "art trail" in Provence. However, most of this landscaping pays homage to centuries of sustainable farming and gardening practiced in the region. Sites include former quarries, abandoned stone villages, a former seaside hotel, and historic urban courtyards. VERDICT Nichols's atmospheric photographs partner Jones's thoughtful text. A fine Mediterranean-specific book that may inspire North American readers to travel there or to nurture a personal Eden where climate allows.—David R. Conn, formerly with Surrey Libs., BC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500516119
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,232,354
  • Product dimensions: 10.52 (w) x 11.44 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Canadian by birth, Louisa Jones has lived in Southern France for nearly forty years. She is the author of many books on gardens and landscape, including The French Country Garden and Reinventing the Garden.

Clive Nichols was voted Garden Photographer of the Year by the Garden Writers Guild. He is based in England.

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