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5.0 out of 5 stars An informative monograph, July 24, 2009
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This review is from: Andrea Cochran: Landscapes (Hardcover)
In terms of content, this is what a monograph should be.

The eleven projects are less than ten years old, ranging from 2000 to 2007, and only one project, the Portland Art Museum, is located outside of California. Most of the projects are private residences, but all feature an unmistakable sense of intimacy in scale and composition.

To those familiar with Andrea Cochran's firm, none of this should come as a surprise; this monograph is quite adept at capturing the essence of her practice.

The text is very minimal. Mary Myers' introductory section discusses the main highlights of Cochran's designs; first impressions, craftsmanship, composition, the design process, light, use of materials - both hardscapes and softscapes - color and the deliberate selection of plant materials are all addressed in brief, concise passages. Each project is introduced with a short explanation of important design aspects. Program, composition, design intent, materials and aesthetics are some of what is mentioned.

Photography is excellent, and the book's medium size format complements the layout. This is not a source of construction details, or close-up photography; the images convey more information about landscape composition, design intent and provide an idea as to how the spaces are used. Project credits are well organized and informative, as are the planting index and materials index, which is actually a to-scale materials / planting plan.

Make use of the "Look Inside" feature Amazon provides - the Contents, sample photographs and a large portion of the Mary Myers' text are available for viewing, which should provide more than enough information to those contemplating whether or not to purchase this title.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for landscape architect, December 17, 2009
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Purchased this book as a Christmas gift this year for my son who is a landscape architect. He told me it was a "must have" for his library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have, May 20, 2014
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The landscape design by Cochran is thoughtful and precise. The collection and arrangement by Myers is wonderful. The photography is amazing. Inspiring design and images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional stuff, October 29, 2013
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First off I would like to say that the Author has done a fine job of attempting to let us feel the work of Andrea Cochran in this book.
No long essays and unctuous stuff is there in the 192 pages of this book.
A brief but flowing introduction gives way to the 11 selected works by sequences of photos.
The layout is as good as it can get and there are several superbly shot photos of sites along with 2D drawings.
There is a materials index and plants lists have been included for all the selected works.
The physical quality of book is top class!

Last but surely the most important ... Andrea Cochran's work is well worth the reflection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Book, September 20, 2013
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Even if you are not a landscape architect on the level of Andrea, you will be in awe of the work she and her company have done and perhaps open up your mind for your own artistic creations not only in landscaping but by in the use of other materials and of lighting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and well written insight into the work of a creative genius, August 26, 2013
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates good design. Andrea pushes the limits in her designs, but does so with class, intelligence, knowledge and creativity.
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Andrea Cochran: Landscapes by Mary Myers (Hardcover - April 15, 2009)
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