Modern Landscape Architecture: A Critical Review / Edition 1

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Overview

These twenty-two essays provide a rich forum for assessing the tenets,
accomplishments, and limits of modernism in landscape architecture and for formulating ideas about possible directions for the future of the discipline.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.

The MIT Press

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This collection of 23 essays traces the surfacing of a new modernist aesthetic through the writings of seminal modernist landscape architects Garrett Eckbo, Dan Kiley, and James Rose as well as contemporaneous essays by Christopher Tunnard and Fletcher Steele, all reprinted from such journals as Pencil Points and Architectural Record. It assesses the historical and cultural framework of modern landscape architecture in contemporary contributions by such scholars as Pierce Lewis, Catherine Howett, John Dixon Hunt, Peter Walker, and Martha Schwartz. Includes 276 b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262700511
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,273,129
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture at the University of California,
Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
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 [1938] 68
5 Plants Dictate Garden Forms [1938] 72
6 Articulate Form in Landscape Design [1939] 73
7 Why Not Try Science? [1939] 76
8 Landscape Design in the Urban Environment [1939] 78
9 Landscape Design in the Rural Environment [1939] 83
10 Landscape Design in the Primeval Environment [1940] 88
11 A Model for Modernism: The Work and Influence of Pierre-Emile Legrain 92
12 New Pioneering in Garden Design [1930] 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 [1942] 159
17 Thomas Church, California Gardens, and Public Landscapes 166
18 "Organic Form in the Humanized Landscape": Garrett Eckbo's Landscape for Living 180
19 Pilgrim's 206
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
Epilogue 286
Index 290
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