Why do modern cities, suburbs, and industrial and farming landscapes all tend to look alike despite their regional settings? In this generously illustrated and provocative book, a landscape architect argues that the monotony of the modern landscape is a reflection of indifference on the part of society to the diversity inherent in ecological systems and in human communities. In case studies drawn from all parts of the world-Turkey and Hong Kong to northern England and Edinburgh, to Kentucky and Oregon, to Ontario and Manitoba-Michael Hough shows how build environments work and what designers can do to maintain the clearly identifiable differences between one place and another.
Toronto landscape architect Hough argues that a sense of place is necessary for the sustainability of life processes, and advocates the use of distinctive local materials and styles for urban and industrial designs that take into account the region's climate, terrain, and natural ecology. He presents case studies from North America, Europe, and the Near and Far East. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)