The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day / Edition 3

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Overview

This volume looks at the landscape of 28 cultures, ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day, and shows how the environment is conditioned by the philosophy and religion of each civilization. A selection from Geoffrey Jellicoe's "The Atlanta Historical Garden" is included.

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Published in Britain in 1975 and in the United States in 1987, this study presents the ways humankind has traditionally shaped its environment to express concepts of power, comfort, mystery, etc. For this profusely illustrated edition-746 in all-the text has been updated to include recent constructions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500278192
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/17/1995
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Expanded and Updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,089,793
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Landscape and Civilization
1 Origins 10
2 Western Asia to the Muslim Conquest 22
3 Islam: Western Asia 32
4 The Western Expansion of Islam: Spain 40
5 The Eastern Expansion of Islam: Mughul India 48
6 Ancient India 58
7 China 68
8 Japan 84
9 Pre-Columbian America 98
10 Egypt 108
11 Greece 116
12 The Roman Empire 128
13 The Middle Ages in Europe 138
14 Italy: The Renaissance 154
15 Italy: Mannerism and Baroque 164
16 France: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 178
17 Spain, Germany, England, The Netherlands: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 192
18 Western Classicism 207
19 The Chinese School 223
20 The English School 233
21 The European Mainland 251
22 The British Isles 261
23 United States of America 279
24 Europe 287
25 The Americas 307
26 The Western Hemisphere: The New World 323
27 The Eastern Hemisphere: The Old World 345
28 World Trends in Landscape Design 371
Epilogue: Towards the Landscape of Humanism 398
Acknowledgments 400
Select Bibliography 402
Index 405
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

    A great book for architects, landscape architects and urban planners!

    My professor introduced this book to us when I took a History of Landscape Architecture course in University of Southern California in Los Angeles. It was only available in hard cover at that time and was very expensive ($98.00). I did not buy the hard cover version and waited many years later and bought the soft cover version at a great price. It has many powerful images to illustrate the gardens and architecture in many different cultures. It'll show you how brilliant human beings can be. What is a 'Landscape of Man'? 'To qualify as a `landscape of man,' an environment must be deliberately shaped at a specific time.' 'Art is a continuous process...' Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and his wife Susan wrote, 'All design therefore derives from impressions of the past, conscious or subconscious, and in the modern collective landscape, from historic gardens and parks and silhouettes which were created for totally different social reasons...' 'The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day' includes 28 sections and they are separated into two parts, Part One is 'From Prehistory to the end of the Seventeenth Century.' It covers landscape from pre-history to 1700 AD and includes 17 sections covering Origins, the Central Civilization (Western Asia to the Muslim Conquest, Islam in Western Asia, the Western Expansion of Islam: Spain, the Eastern Expansion of Islam: Mughul India), the Eastern Civilization (Ancient India, China, Japan, Pre-Columbian America) and the Western Civilization (Egypt, Greece, the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages in Europe, Italy: the Renaissance, France: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Spain, Germany, England, the Netherlands: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries). The text for each section follows a standard format of Environment, Social History, Philosophy, Expression, Architecture and Landscape. Case studies have striking black-and-white photos, paintings and plans and a brief description. Part Two of the book is 'The Evolution of Modern Landscape.' It covers landscape from 1700 AD to present and includes 11 sections covering the Eighteenth Century (Western Classicism, the Chinese School, the English School), the Nineteenth Century (the European Mainland, the British Isles, the United States of America), and the Twentieth Century (Europe, The Americas, the Western Hemisphere: the New World, the Eastern Hemisphere: the Old World), and Worlds Trends in Landscape Design. The text follows a standard format of Environment, History, Social, Economics, Philosophy and Expression for each Century and then a standard format of the Home, Landscape, Comments and case studies for each section. 'The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day' has 408 pages, 746 illustrations and 6 maps. It is a great book for architects, landscape architects and urban planners!

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