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"Berger make(s) his audiences see landscape differently...he's an anti-Ansel Adams--he shows what every Sierra Club calendar leaves out." -- Chicago Reader. November 29, 2002

"Berger...has produced a stunning, sledgehammer of a book. He is interested in the implications of giant-sized landscapes (for designers)." -- Planning Magazine, January 2003

"The whole book is an aesthetic experience, from the layout to the superb photographs of disturbed lands ... unique and intriguing." -- Choice, March 2003

Berger's book is "a tremendously exciting and refreshing way of seeing things." -- Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago. November 20, 2002

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Alan Berger received his Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado in Denver. He was the winner of the 2000 CELA inte
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156898362X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568983622
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the first book I have read in the past 5 years that is so visually captivating I could not put it down. Berger uses his own gorgeous aerial and ground photographs, and visionary mapping techniques to show the world a new type of landscape that is being produced via landscape devastation and reclamation. He coins a new term -Post Technological Landscape-to describe the artificial landscapes being formed by humans in the post-mined areas of the western U.S. An introduction to the book, by the enigmatic poet Frederick Turner, also helps define this term. There is a very interesting,if not dry, appendix that reveals how each western state technically defines the term "reclamation" and what they have accomplished to clean up industrial leftovers in the landscape. I highly recommend this book for anyone thirsting for landscape photography, landscape theory, ecology and nature.
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My son is graduating in landscape architecture and mentioned this book to me. From the first page, I knew I was encountering an important person in our age. I have become an Alan Berger fan. The book begins with a literature review so well written, so chock full of concepts and wise thoughtfulness about how to think about this very difficult problem of reclaiming landscape that has been damaged by uses that vary from exploration to exploitation, that I have a new appreciation for the insights, role and contributions of the landscape architect at every stage of land development and use. Lawyers, designers, and citizens can profit from reading this book. Watch for Alan Berger. He will make a difference, and I'm sure already has.

TonyJ
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this book has some of the best graphics that a student could use to develop their projects
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