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Illustrated History of Landscape Design Paperback – February 8, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470289334 ISBN-10: 0470289333 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470289333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470289334
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A visual journey through the history of landscape design

For thousands of years, people have altered the meaning of space by reshaping nature. As an art form, these architectural landscape creations are stamped with societal imprints unique to their environment and place in time.

Illustrated History of Landscape Design takes an optical sweep of the iconic landscapes constructed throughout the ages. Organized by century and geographic region, this highly visual reference uses hundreds of masterful pen-and-ink drawings to show how historical context and cultural connections can illuminate today's design possibilities.

This guide includes:

  • Storyboards, case studies, and visual narratives toportray spaces

  • Plan, section, and elevation drawings of key spaces

  • Summaries of design concepts, principles, and vocabularies

  • Historic and contemporary works of art that illuminate a specific era

  • Descriptions of how the landscape has been shaped over time in response to human need

Directing both students and practitioners along a visually stimulating timeline, Illustrated History of Landscape Design is a valuable educational tool as well as an endless source of inspiration.

Amazon Exclusive: Q&A with the Authors

What are some of your favorite iconic landscape spaces?
Chip: The topiary garden at Levens Hall is so unusual and surreal. It’s survived the changing styles of landscape design over the centuries and remains a testament to wackiness.
Liz: I love the choreography of space at the Villa Lante.

Why an illustrated book?
Liz: It would be hard not to rely on images to describe space. Our book contains only hand-drawings (not photographs) which further help the reader be ‘drawn’ into a space—no pun intended!
Chip: As a kid I loved the Classics Illustrated series. Seeing an artist’s interpretation of a great narrative made it very real for me.

What makes this different from other history books?
Chip: We have included so many unique graphic features—plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, axonometrics, analytical diagrams, and storyboards—that distill and synthesize important concepts.
Liz: We really tried to present a broad context for historical works of landscape architecture. We started each chapter with a timeline of world events, and concluded each chapter with summaries of design concepts, principles, vocabularies and lists of ‘neat stuff’ that are typically not part of a traditional course in landscape architectural history.

How is studying landscape history relevant to today’s designers?
Liz: Everything we do as designers relates to what’s been done before—one can evolve a trend or totally challenge tradition.
Chip: Studying the past helps a designer build a vocabulary of form, and understand the context in which one is working.

What are some examples of using historical landscape designs in today’s design challenges?
Chip: Today’s emphasis on green architecture and sustainable design is rooted in the past. Throughout history, a culture’s survival depended on understanding the delicate balance of people and nature, garden and climate.
Liz: It’s exciting to think of how people use space and understand the landscape in a digital age. The forms and design vocabularies that will capture our culture’s values in the 21st century are still evolving.

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"The authors have a created a visual treat sure to inspire and captivate any student of landscape design. Beautiful, abundant, precise drawings in concert with a more limited yet engaging text make this book unique. In a visual disclipine such as landscape design, such a novel approach is long overdue. This impressive work could serve as an outstanding textbook for landscape design students or as a useful reference for libraries. This significant, delightful, one-of-a kind work is sure to become a classic." (Choice, July 2010)

"…an accessible and reliable source for students and the interest general reader." (BBC Gardens Illustrated, May 2010)


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I just can't say enough positive remarks for this book.
Ricky D.
This book is perfect for the classroom, not only for a landscape history class but also landscape design.
G. L. Robinson
It is concise, insightful, beautifully written and illustrated.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Richards on March 25, 2010
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Sullivan and Boults have produced a one-of-a-kind achievement with this remarkable volume. Though conceived as a textbook, it will have immense appeal to anyone with an intellectual curiousity about history, culture, ideas and design. It will become a collector's item for drawing afficianados, resembling more a graphic novel than a traditional history book. The narratives are insightful, going deeper than previous texts to weave storylines that set the evolution of designed landscapes into the broader context of their political, cultural and religious times. It is complemented beautifully by hundreds of imaginative drawings that illuminate the stories of iconic sites and the ideas behind them in ways photographs could never do. The result is a fascinating synthesis of words and images is at once intellectually rich, highly accessible and great fun. This book will find its way into classrooms, professional libraries and travel bags; it will inspire further study, travel, and drawing as a means of sharing ideas in both students and professionals alike. This is a real treat; I recommend it highly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Robinson on March 22, 2010
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Illustrated History of Landscape Design is marvelous! When I heard it was coming I could hardly wait! I have taken a landscape history class once and taught landscape history and design for six years. The texts were always cumbersome and somewhat outdated or loaded with insignificant material. This book is perfect for the classroom, not only for a landscape history class but also landscape design. I love the way it shows the history comparatively with landscapes developing in all parts of the world. As well, it is great to be able to see a timeline with non-landscape historical events. The format is accessible and the illustrations are wonderful! I applaud Boults and Sullivan for their creativity and insight. There is something refreshing and exciting on each page. I look forward to sharing this book with my students!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ron Wigginton on March 29, 2010
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This is a book that visually takes you through the built world in the most graceful manner possible. If you ever wanted to finally get an accurate perspective on the sequence of events as humans learned to evolve aesthetics and engineering you should read Boults and Sullivan's, "Illustrated History of Landscape Design". The authors are especially qualified as landscape architects and educators (she concentrated on the history and text, and he masterfully illustrated - or should I say illuminated - places and sites we all thought we knew well)... together they have created a remarkably artistic book that will change the way you view constructed cultures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Leszczynski on October 29, 2010
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This is an excellent landscape history book! It is concise, insightful, beautifully written and illustrated. The time lines, vocabulary, and further studies are brilliant. It is great resource for grasping a concept which the student or person can then further explore. I am recommending it to my students at New York University in Florence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Parral on March 30, 2010
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Illustrated History of Landscape Design is an extremely unique and refreshing take on the history of landscape architecture. The book describes famous works of landscape design throughout the world and references major historical events through intense graphics. The level of detail in the plans and sections are rich, the images are exciting, and the descriptions of vocabulary terms, concepts, and principles used in Landscape Architecture makes this book ideal for anyone wanting to know more about landscape architecture to someone who is well versed in the discipline. Most importantly, it is inspiring on so many levels to look and read.
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By Ricky D. on August 29, 2014
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I just can't say enough positive remarks for this book. For me it combines my love of the history of civilization, and the theory behind important landscape design. There is so much to look at first of all, the illustrations are rich with detail and go a long way in helping the reader understand the importance and historical impact of the sites. The text is spot on with just the right amount of detail, managing to keep from becoming a boring text book. A truly unique publication and one of my favorite reads in the field.
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