paper, 250 pp., $44.95
Addressing theories of landscape architecture, author Ian Thompson looks back at the works of past writers from the first century Roman Vitruvius to contemporary thinkers. The academic text examines the aesthetic, social, cultural, and environmental origins and development of thought, directed toward an appreciation of the design and use of the landscape. After a study and review of the diverse commentaries, the author encourages the reader not to have an entrenched position, but to take a broad view of the subject because of the many factors that must be considered. The narrative should help “to stimulate thought and pose questions.” This is recommended reading for all stewards of the land, as it calls for a more thoughtful approach to its design and management.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden