David Streatfield has contributed both new knowledge and insightful analysis to our appreciation of the 1950 modernist manifesto through which Garrett Eckbo sought to persuade American landscapes architects, their clients, and the broader public that a new era -- radically transformed by science, technology, and the promise of social change -- demanded more than formulaic historic styles and soothing scenery in its designed landscapes. The revolutionary temper and optimism of this classic work seem more than ever timely and inspiring.(Catherine Howett, professor emerita, University of Georgia)
A new introduction by David Streatfield, who taught with Eckbo in the 1960s, positions Eckbo's work in the context of his social activism, his interest in integrating landscape design with architecture, and his explorations of creative uses of technology and science. Streatfield's essay encourages a nuanced reading of Eckbo's text, enriching our understanding of the complexities of both the designer and the profession. Another significant contribution of the reprint edition is a comprehensive index that allows readers to identify the many projects featured throughout the text. This new edition of Landscape for Living is an outstanding contribution not only to libraries but to practitioners searching for approaches to designing place for people in the 21st century.(Thaïsa Way, University of Washington) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
David C. Streatfield is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Washington and author of California Gardens: Creating a New Eden.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.