Landscape architecture plays an important role in shaping the places in which we live and work. But what is it? Landscape architects are involved, amongst other things, in the layout of business parks, the reclamation of derelict industrial sites, the restoration of historic city parks, and the design of major pieces of infrastructure such as motorways, dams, power stations, and flood defenses, as well as the planning of parks and gardens. Taking a historical perspective, Ian Thompson looks at both the roots of landscape architecture and the people that established it.
This Very Short Introduction explores some of the misconceptions about landscape architecture and considers the discipline's origins in landscape gardening. Thompson takes a look at a number of areas, including the influence of Modernism, the difference between landscape design and landscape planning, and the way that planning legislation has driven the growth of the discipline. He also explores contemporary environmentalism, the debate as to whether landscape architecture is an art or a science, landscape architecture in the community, post-industrial projects, and its relationship with ecological urbanism.
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A great gift for the landscape architect to give to their in-laws who still call them a 'landscape designer' * Historic Garden Review, Aaron Suiter *
1: Misconceptions and Origins
2: Place-making and Improvement
3: America and the Turn to Modernism
4: The Invisible Hand versus the Grand Gesture
5: Use and Beauty
6: Professional Environmentalists
7: Landscape Architecture as Art
8: Social Workers in Green Wellingtons
9: Under the Carpet
10: Landscape and Urbanism