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Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture Hardcover – September 27, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580933130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580933131
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With Groundwork, [architect Joel Sanders] and the landscape architect Diana Balmori accomplish on paper what they’d like other designers to attempt in the world: a demonstration of the seamless unity of nature and culture that is demanded in an age of increasing environmental threat. The authors believe that green materials and technologies provide a common medium for interdisciplinary design approaches, just as glass and steel defined the inside/outside continuity of modernism. Much of the book is made up of their examples: from a Parisian house buried among 1,200 hydroponic ferns to a sculpture park built on a former brownfield along Seattle’s waterfront to the authors’ own design for an equestrian facility that morphs into a public park, which they proposed for New York’s 2012 Olympics bid." —Julie Lasky, Designers & Books

About the Author

Diana Balmori founded Balmori Associates, an urban and landscape design firm, in 1990. Joel Sanders is the founder of Joel Sanders, Architect. Both teach at Yale University.

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Diana Balmori, the founding principal of Balmori Associates, is recognized internationally for her creative interplay between landscape and architecture.

Diana established Balmori Associates in 1990. In 2006 she created balmoriLABS within the firm to undertake and join the search for form in landscape and the intersection with architecture, art or engineering: Green Roofs, Floating Islands, Temporary Landscapes, Forms of Representation, and Zero Waste City are some of the labs.

Diana has been featured in publications and programs including Dwell, The Architects Newspaper, Monocle, El Pais, PBS, WNYC, Design Observer, Inhabitat, and Utne Reader, which named her 1 of 50 "Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in 2009.

In addition to teaching at Yale University in both the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental studies, she has lectured and published extensively. Her most recent book is Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, written with Joel Sanders (Random House, September 2011). A Landscape Manifesto was published by Yale University Press (2010). She is the co-author of many books, such as Saarinen Garden: A Total Work of Art; Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony; Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives; The Land and Natural Development (LAND) Code: Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Land Development; Beatrix Farrand, American Landscapes; Garden and Campus Designs.

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By mrichards on February 28, 2014
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This book is essentially just a picture book with short, non-technical descriptions. While there are some interesting projects and pictures, more discussion is needed on how we are going to change the vocation of architecture. There are two brief essays at the beginning of the book; one by Diana Balmori and one by Joel Sanders. Joel's essay talks about the history of the chasm between the natural and built environment, but quite frankly, I'm not sure the discussion is really relevant to the future of the profession. Diana's essay is better written and begins to address some principles that bring the fields together...however, it still falls short of providing a solid methodology, pedagogy or "groundwork" on how this can be accomplished. If you are looking for a visual aid that demonstrates ecological design, this book would be fine. But if you are looking for a scientific book with in-depth explanations and/or are looking for a book that discusses methodologies for bringing the fields of landscape and building design together, I would look elsewhere.
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By Camille Demarinis on February 20, 2013
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The ideas expressed in this book are well expressed and intriguing. Love the arguments made about man vs nature and vice versa. Excellent images. Some really beautiful architecture and plant growth in here.
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