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Product Details

  • Series: California Architecture & Architects (Book 23)
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Hennessey & Ingalls (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940512327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940512320
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Kelly on March 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book as a Christmas gift and it was a wonderful surprise. As an avid home gardener and amateur landscaper, I was inspired by Garrett Eckbo (1910-1996) insights into landscaping and design. His modernist ideas and rejection of 19th century formal and rigid thinking about park settings and planting formations are challenging, as is the 1950s language. But if you can get past that minor barrier, and the determined reader can, there are ideas here to mine for your own landscaping efforts. For example, blending both formal and informal elements, the use of both upper and lower grid-based tree groves, terraces to vary the plane of a yard, the use of water in shallow pools mixed with hand-selected boulders as a way of articulating perimeters, are all ideas that can enhance anyone's front or back yard.
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By David Wiemer on May 20, 2013
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Landscape For Living was one of my texts while in college. Somewhere along the way I lost it. Wanted another copy, so my request to Amazon. Thanks....dwe
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