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During the 1930s Garrett Eckbo, Dan Kiley, and JamesRose began to integrate modernist architectural ideas into their work and to design a landscape more in accord with the life and sensibilities of their time. Together with Thomas Church, whose gardens provided the setting for California living, they laid the foundations for a modern American landscape design.
This first critical assessment of modem landscape architecture brings together seminal articles from the 1930s and 1940s by Eckbo, Kiley, Rose, Fletcher Steele, and Christopher Tunnard, and includes contributions by contemporary writers and designers such as Peirce Lewis, Catherine Howett, John Dixon Hunt, Peter Walker, and Martha Schwartz who examine the historical and cultural framework within which modern landscape designers have worked.
There are also essays by Lance Neckar, Reuben Rainey, Gregg Bleam, Michael Laurie, and Marc Treib that discuss the designs and legacy of the Americans Tunnard, Eckbo, Church, Kiley, and Robert Irwin. Dorothée Imbert takes up Pierre-Emile Legrain and French modernist gardens of the 1920s, and Thorbjörn Andersson reviews experiments with stylized naturalism developed by Erik Glemme and others in the Stockholm park system.
Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.
|1||American Landscape Tastes||2|
|2||Modernism and American Landscape Architecture||18|
|3||Axioms for a Modern Landscape Architecture||36|
|4||Freedom in the Garden ||68|
|5||Plants Dictate Garden Forms ||72|
|6||Articulate Form in Landscape Design ||73|
|7||Why Not Try Science? ||76|
|8||Landscape Design in the Urban Environment ||78|
|9||Landscape Design in the Rural Environment ||83|
|10||Landscape Design in the Primeval Environment ||88|
|11||A Model for Modernism: The Work and Influence of Pierre-Emile Legrain||92|
|12||New Pioneering in Garden Design ||108|
|13||Erik Glemme and the Stockholm Park System||114|
|14||The Dialogue of Modern Landscape Architectuire With Its Past||134|
|15||Christopher Tunnard: The Garden in the Modern Landscape||144|
|16||Modern Gardens for Modern Houses: Reflections on Current Trends in Landscape Design ||159|
|17||Thomas Church, California Gardens, and Public Landscapes||166|
|18||"Organic Form in the Humanized Landscape": Garrett Eckbo's Landscape for Living||180|
|20||Modern and Classical Themes in the Work of Dan Kiley||220|
|Selected Works and Comments by Dan Kiley||240|
|21||The Practice of Landscape Architecture in the Postwar United States||250|
|22||Landscape and Common Culture Since Modernism||260|
|23||Pointing a Finger at the Moon: The Work of Robert Irwin||266|