The Poetics of Gardens

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Overview

This is an entirely different garden book: 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.Charles W. Moore, one of America's best-known architects, is O'Neil Ford Professor ofArchitecture at the University of Texas at Austin. William J. Mitchell is Dean of the School ofArchitecture and Planning, and Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology. William Turnbull, Jr., is Principal of William TurnbullAssociates, San Francisco.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With erudition and uncommon imagination, the authors consider the social and aesthetic history of gardens, deftly compressing encyclopedic findings in urbane prose. Illustrations. (Sept.)
Booknews
A celebration of places and the gardens they can become. Using more than 500 sketches, axonometric drawings, and photos, the authors study each garden, its history, and the patterns and ideas that contribute to its lore. In different cultures, times and geographical areas, different possibilities for gardens are revealed with many examples. A lovely book of high and accessible scholarship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262631532
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 969,546
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Mitchell was the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr., Professor of Architecture and MediaArts and Sciences and directed the Smart Cities research group at MIT's Media Lab. He authored many books, including The World's Greatest Architect (2008) and PlacingWords: Symbols, Space, and the City (2005), both published by the MIT Press.

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