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The Poetics of Gardens

The Poetics of Gardens

by Charles W. Moore, William J. Mitchell, William Turnbull Jr., William Jr. Turnbull
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262631539

ISBN-13: 9780262631532

Pub. Date: 08/13/1993

Publisher: MIT Press

There is a universality about the creation of gardens across time and in diverse cultures that has inspired this entirely different garden book: a playful and affectionate typology of gardens; a pattern book in which a score of landscapes and gardens are drawn, described, and analyzed not just as a bouquet of pleasures but as sources, lodes to be mined for

Overview

There is a universality about the creation of gardens across time and in diverse cultures that has inspired this entirely different garden book: a playful and affectionate typology of gardens; a pattern book in which a score of landscapes and gardens are drawn, described, and analyzed not just as a bouquet of pleasures but as sources, lodes to be mined for materials, shapes and relationships, and ideas for transforming our own backyards.

The Poetics of Gardens is a celebration of places and the gardens they can become. Most of the 500 sketches, axonometric drawings, and photographs were created especially for this book. They explore the special qualities of places and the acts that can transform them into gardens.

The authors discuss the qualities that create the promise of a garden the shapes of land and water, the established plants, the light and wind, the climate and show how these can be organized to give a place a special meaning. And they pay particular attention to the "rituals of habitation" by which we imaginatively take possession of places on the surface of the earth.

The Poetics of Gardens examines great gardens made in other places, with other climates, at other times from ancient Rome to modem England, from Ball to Botany Bay, from the court of Ch'ien Lung to the magic kingdom of Walt Disney to explore their devices and record their images,scents, and sounds. The authors discuss the adaptation of the great garden traditions of the past to North American soil and call together the creators of these gardens to speculate about how their patterns and ideas can be appropriated,transformed, and composed into places that come alive for us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262631532
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/13/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
655,780
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vi
Acknowledgments ix
The Genius of the Place
Shan and Shui
2(4)
God and Cain
6(2)
Sunlight and Shadow
8(2)
Memory and Expectation
10(12)
The Designer's Place
Occupying the Site
22(1)
Establishing the Game
23(3)
Shaping Spaces
26(10)
Creating Climates
36(5)
Lending Life
41(10)
The Place of the Past
Settings
51(28)
Uluru
51(4)
Ryoan-ji
55(3)
Capability Brown's Parks
58(7)
Isola Bella
65(4)
Bali
69(10)
Collections
79(38)
Death Valley
79(3)
The Collections of Three Kingdoms
82(11)
The Summer Palace
93(4)
Katsura Imperial Villa
97(6)
Sissinghurst
103(8)
Some Botanical Gardens
111(6)
Pilgrimages
117(41)
Amarnath
118(4)
Lamayuru
122(3)
Rousham
125(11)
Stourhead
136(8)
The Villa Lante
144(4)
City Gardens: Isfahan and Beijing
148(10)
Patterns
158(49)
The Symmetries of the Ram Bagh
158(4)
The Waters of Kashmir
162(8)
Shalamar Bagh
170(4)
Nishat Bagh
174(5)
Mughul Tomb Gardens
179(11)
The Alhambra
190(5)
The Generalife
195(3)
Vaux-le-Vicomte
198(5)
Studley Royal
203(4)
Our Own Places
Paradise Replayed
207(9)
Bigger Patterns
211(1)
Swifter Pilgrimages
212(1)
Costlier Collections
213(2)
Simpler Settings
215(1)
Edens to Order
216(2)
Amerikanergarten Chats
218(23)
Courtyards
218(4)
Front Yards
222(4)
Backyards
226(3)
Side Yards
229(6)
Graveyards
235(6)
Bibliography 241(8)
Index 249

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