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Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
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November 1, 2001 0810942534 978-0810942530 First Edition
This volume presents a history of the ways in which human beings have shaped the landscape at cult sites, in cities and on great private estates, from prehistoric times to the present, throughout the world. The book considers what the evolution of the design of the landscape reveals about the development of society and culture, examining famous cities, palaces and parks, as well as lesser-known designed landscapes, and even sites now vanished from around the world. Illustrated with hundreds of phtographs, drawings and plans, the book leads the reader through ancient cities, palatial gardens and magnificent sanctuaries. Also covered are: the royal cemeteries of ancient Egypt; the superb temples of ancient Greece and Rome; the magnificent gardens of Renaissance and Baroque Europe and the Far East; the great public parks of the late 19th century; and some of the most exciting avant-garde gardens and earth works of the present day.

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Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, former administrator of New York City's Central Park (The Forests and Wetlands of New York City), begins Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History with stone circles and ziggurats, and traces design's evolution through to today's suburbs and theme parks. An encyclopedic account of man-made landscapes around the world illustrated with a stunning 633 photos and drawings, more than half in color, the book reveals a 1720 English turf ampitheater, the "Tea, Moss and Stones" (as one chapter is titled) of Japanese gardens, the grand genius of Versailles designer Andr‚ Le N“tre, as well as today's "Earthworks, Golf Courses, Philosophical Models, and Poetic Metaphors." It's an accessible and elegant respite.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Perhaps best known as the founding director of New York's Central Park Conservancy, which oversaw and funded the park's revitalization, Rogers (The Forests and Wetlands of New York City) here presents a comprehensive survey of landscape design. Viewing her subject as the art that modifies and shapes nature, she explores the cultural values that shape, or are embodied in, cities, parks, and gardens. Embracing all cultures and ranging from prehistoric times to the present, this book covers the broadest range of subjects implied by the title, including city planning, landscape architecture, conservation, earthworks, and other uses of land in contemporary art. While this history is international in scope, it does narrow its primary focus to the United States when it reaches the late 20th century. The photographs and especially the plans are excellent and numerous. Single pages or double-page spreads devoted to specific topics add an encyclopedic element while allowing Rogers to provide even more information, illustrations, and plans without interrupting the flow of her very readable text. Accessible to lay readers but of interest to scholars, this book could serve as the text for a comprehensive course on the history of landscape design. Highly recommended. Daniel Starr, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810942534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810942530
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With intelligent text and breathtaking photographs November 13, 2001
With 630 illustrations, many created just for this book (430 of which are in full color), Elizabeth Barlow Rogers' Landscape Design: A Cultural And Architectural History offers dazzling, panoramic beauty to complement its extensive commentary on landscapes throughout history, ranging from Stonehenge and the Forbidden City of Beijing to Versailles and New York's Central Park. This comprehensive survey, with its intelligent text and breathtaking photographs, is highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of landscaping since the dawn of humanity.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A note about the photos October 14, 2003
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Very well researched history of landscape design. However, I wouldn't go so far as to describe the photographs as 'breathtaking' as does another reviewer. There are many of them, all interesting, but almost all (apart from a brief intro sequence) only quarter or eighth page size. As a result, there is no image as impressive as the front cover. This is my only quibble, and the reason for 4 not 5 stars: why have a book so big and then not make full use of its size to present such a visually-based subject?
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
From Nineveh to a mobile home in Pecos, NM, Rogers casts a wide net, exploring the evolution of formal landscaping in parallel to humansŐ urge to put their mark on the earth. A scholar, who administered New YorkŐs Central Park for two decades, she provides a compelling account of the cultural roots that underly the plantings, explaining the ideas inherent in unfamiliar and classic gardens. Every page contains sharp insightsÑfor example, her suggestion that the broken column that the Baron de Monville built as his house at the Desert de Retz outside Paris in the 1780s portended the revolution that would sweep away the civilization he cherished. The abundance of plans and illustrations do ample justice to the text. (Michael Webb is the book reviewer for LA Architect magazine.)
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22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee table book, bad text book December 17, 2003
I had to purchase this book for my LA class and it's a bug squasher. While the pictures are impressive, and the coverage of the subject in-depth, the author can be long winded. What she covers in a page could have easily been said in a couple of paragraphs. I also don't care for the glossy pages. While they make the pictures look nice, reading the fine text that it's printed can give one a headache.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee table book August 14, 2011
By TCass
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I got this book for a Landscape Architecture History class and didn't use it much. From what my teacher told me and the few chapters I did read (they're pretty long chapters, by the way) the author tends to go on and on, verging on losing the readers attention at times. What's great about this book though is that you can pick it up and read about a particular site (with great photos to accompany the text) for 10 or 15 minutes, which makes it a great coffee table book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written May 3, 2009
The book is text driven, so provides a great deal of information about landscaping themes and styles. I purchased this book for a university class I am taking, and it has proven to be a valuable resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landscape Design: A cultural & architectural history November 24, 2010
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This was recommended by one of my students, and it is terrific. It gives insights into why certain landscape and garden designs came to be, not simply how they are done. I'll refer to some of the author's specific points in my next course.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dense bug squasher September 22, 2013
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My prof assigns so much reading, so I think I have more of an issue with the quantity rather than the book itself.

Can be quite dry at times, yet a few pages later- really engaging stuff!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Textbook
I would recommend this book as a learning tool. The book itself is showing its use which makes it a little harder to handle.
Published 5 months ago by Jessica
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Most boring book I have ever tried to read. There is excessive jargon everywhere. I forget what I'm reading before I finish a paragraph.
Published 9 months ago by Kevin den Hartog
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Like New
In the description of this book it said it was used but like new. Unfortunately, the book is not like new. The binding is falling apart and many of the pages are written on.
Published 10 months ago by Molly Somes
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed for college.
My grandson needed this book for his college course in Horticulture. I guess it help do the job he needed towards his graduation. It did and he did. Good deal.
Published 18 months ago by flash
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD
This is a horrible book! It hardly relates to anything with landscaping. This should't be used as a text book, it should be used as toilet paper.
Published on October 25, 2011 by Awfulbook45
5.0 out of 5 stars reader can ''read' landscape design paradigms by comparing visuals...
This is a historical survey of landscape design with a Western & modern emphasis. The photos make it worth 'viewing' alone but these are within chapters that are in historical &... Read more
Published on November 28, 2010 by Jeffrey L. Blackwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Landscape Design
This book has so much information about the history of landscape design. If you want to trigger ideas this is where you should turn. It goes through several civilizations. Read more
Published on June 17, 2009 by Christopher Hupp
5.0 out of 5 stars In depth, excellent resource
This book is long and overly verbose, but an excellent resource. As a text in a landscape architecture history class it was a strong foundation.
Published on December 2, 2008 by Tammy Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this book for landscape history class at Princeton
Excellent excellent text- very thorough, good pictures. Even if you're not in a class, good reading!
Published on February 27, 2008 by Kaitlyn E. Hay
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