The Language of Landscape

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300082944
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 633,426
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Prologue: The Yellowwood and the Forgotten Creek 10
1 "Nature's Infinite Book": The Language of Landscape
1 Dwelling and Tongue: The Language of Landscape 15
2 Survival and Imagination: Reading and Telling the Meanings of Landscape 27
3 Artful Telling, Deep Reading: The Literature of Landscape 47
2 "Without Form and Void" to "Heaven and Earth": Landscape Composition
4 Is a Path Like a Noun, Flowing Like a Verb? Elements of Landscape and Language 85
5 Dynamic Weaving, Fabric of Stories: Shaping Landscape Context 133
6 Rules of Context: Landscape Grammar 168
3 Using the Language of Landscape: Pragmatics, Poetics, and Polemics
7 Shaping: Pragmatics of Landscape Expression 191
8 A Rose Is Rarely Just a Rose: Poetics of Landscape 216
9 Polemical Landscapes 240
Epilogue: Reimagining Mill Creek 267
Notes 273
Sources 288
Acknowledgments 311
Index 315
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