Combining the restoration of historic landscapes with radical new designs, Kim Wilkie's work for private clients ranges from Heveningham, where he implemented Capability Brown's plans, to a massive new landform work, Orpheus, for the Duke of Buccleuch at Boughton House. Public works include new designs for Hyde Park Corner and a new courtyard for the V & A, the restoration of the Villa La Pietra, Florence, for New York University and the strategic masterplan for the world heritage site at the Solovetski Archipelago, Russia.
This is Kim Wilkie's first book, and will be a major contribution to the literature on landscape, sustainability, regeneration, and design. In Led by the Land he looks back at more than twenty years at the forefront of his profession, and forward to projects which are ongoing, or now in development, including Botanic Gardens in Moscow and Oxford, the redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks and a new cemetery for the City of London.
In astonishingly vivid terms, Kim Wilkie explores how 'landscape is a kind of riddle: it changes with every cloud and mood, and yet it is timeless and stationary'. Drawing on a wide range of research, reference points, insights, conversations and practical experiences, he reveals that the key to his work is 'to listen to the stories and then continue the tale, allowing the memory and imagination of what has gone before to inspire fresh design in the evolving pattern.' With some 250 plans and colour photographs, including specially commissioned aerial photography of several major works, this an especially rich account of an unusual talent.
A revelatory survey of how landscapes in human hands can become moving inhabited works of art, written by one of the most gifted of today's landscape architects Sir David Attenborough If you want to make a landmark, do not grow gentians. Get Wilkie to shape the myths of your dreams. -- Robin Lane Fox Financial Times Wilkie is a tall, gentle figure with no obvious desire to impress, but he is the landscape architect most likely to become a household name. He's behind the colossal redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks, with a plan that gives landscape precedence over buildings. The Prince of Wales has taken him to his environmental heart. The John Madejski courtyard at the V&A is his design. Daily Telegraph [Kim Wilkie] writes engagingly and thoughtfully with reflective observations, and educates and enlightens us with the lightest of touch. Garden Design Journal The reader closes the book with an appreciation of, and wonder at, the creative process of this remarkable landscape architect. BBC Gardens Illustrated Sometimes even nature can be enhanced by a lick of paint. Daily Mail Made me want to be a landscape architect. -- Christopher Woodward Spectator A fascinating insight into the work of a landscape architect at the top of his profession. English Garden Kim Wilkie has a deep love and understanding of the human landscape: the symbiosis between people and nature that has created some of the most beautiful and ecologically rich places on our planet. This matters because as fewer experience rural life first hand, there is an increasing tendency to regard wilderness as best. Wilkie's work reconnects us to the idea that we are not admiring observers, but an essential part of the landscape we love. -- Mark Jones House & Garden 'a fascinating read and beautifully illustrated with inspiring photographs' Salisbury Life
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 23.0 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 1.197