The Language of Landscape

The Language of Landscape

by Anne Whiston Spirn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300082940

ISBN-13: 9780300082944

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book combines poetry and pragmatism to teach the language of landscape. Anne Whiston Spirn argues that the language of landscape exists with its own grammar and metaphors, and that we imperil ourselves by failing to learn to read and speak this language. To understand the meanings of landscape, our habitat, is to see the world differently and to enable ourselves…  See more details below

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This book combines poetry and pragmatism to teach the language of landscape. Anne Whiston Spirn argues that the language of landscape exists with its own grammar and metaphors, and that we imperil ourselves by failing to learn to read and speak this language. To understand the meanings of landscape, our habitat, is to see the world differently and to enable ourselves to avoid profound environmental and aesthetic mistakes. Offering examples that range across thousands of years and five continents, Spirn examines urban, rural, and natural landscapes. She discusses the thought of renowned landscape authors - Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Law Olmsted, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lawrence Halprin - and of less well known pioneers, including the Australian architect Glenn Murcutt and the Danish landscape architect C.Th. Sorensen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082944
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
940,283
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Prologue: The Yellowwood and the Forgotten Creek10
1"Nature's Infinite Book": The Language of Landscape
1Dwelling and Tongue: The Language of Landscape15
2Survival and Imagination: Reading and Telling the Meanings of Landscape27
3Artful Telling, Deep Reading: The Literature of Landscape47
2"Without Form and Void" to "Heaven and Earth": Landscape Composition
4Is a Path Like a Noun, Flowing Like a Verb? Elements of Landscape and Language85
5Dynamic Weaving, Fabric of Stories: Shaping Landscape Context133
6Rules of Context: Landscape Grammar168
3Using the Language of Landscape: Pragmatics, Poetics, and Polemics
7Shaping: Pragmatics of Landscape Expression191
8A Rose Is Rarely Just a Rose: Poetics of Landscape216
9Polemical Landscapes240
Epilogue: Reimagining Mill Creek267
Notes273
Sources288
Acknowledgments311
Index315

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