Landscape architecture

Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden

Author: 
Laura Mayer
Publisher: 
Shire Publications
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–747–81049–0

paper, 64 pp., $12.95

With its many reproductions of line engravings and color photographs, this work is equivalent to many larger printed tomes on English garden history. Capability Brown (1716–83) took the English landscape and turned it into his ideal: large lawns, ponds, and forests in the distance. Nature was simplified in his hands. He changed the course of British estate landscaping and had enormous influence in the United States and elsewhere. Take this little book on your next British trip.

— Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
13
Number: 
6

Roberto Burle Marx: The Lyrical Landscape

Author: 
Marta Iris Montero
Publisher: 
University of California Press
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
0-520-23290-9

cloth, 208 p., $45

This aptly titled garden delight doubles as a marvelous art book. A landscape architect herself, the author was able to provide a unique perspective on Roberto Burle Marx as a result of working with him in Buenos Aires during the early 1970s. World-renowned both before and after his death in 1994, the Brazilian landscape architect combined a deep knowledge of plant materials from his native terrain with the artistic elements of painting, sculpture and music. His idiosyncratic landscape interpretations became some of the most distinct and treasured on the planet.

Volume: 
5
Number: 
5

Changes in Scenery: Contemporary Landscape Architecture in Europe

Author: 
Thies Schröder
Publisher: 
Birkhäuser
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
3-764-36171-9

cloth, 183 p., $42

Finally, a book that solves my gift-giving dilemma for my mother! As both a cutting-edge artist and gardener, she has standards in taste, plants and philosophy that make finding an acceptable landscape book like hunting for morels. After receiving this one, she gushed profusely. I knew she'd engage with the author's contention that "It is precisely because nature and art are starting to dissolve within each other that landscape remains." But I didn't imagine how much I'd value these riveting points of view.

Volume: 
4
Number: 
6

Sir John Vanbrugh and the Vitruvian Landscape

Author: 
Caroline Dalton
Publisher: 
Routledge
Publication Date: 
2012
ISBN: 
978–0–415–61164–0

paper, 241 pp., $55.95

Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726) was one of the most important figures in English garden history, although he seems to be virtually unknown. He is best known as the architect of Castle Howard, a commission in 1699 from Charles Howard, Third Earl of Carlisle.

Volume: 
14
Number: 
5

Pioneers of American Landscape

Author: 
Charles A. Birnbaum and Robin Karson (editors)
Publisher: 
McGraw-Hill
Publication Date: 
2000
ISBN: 
0-071-34420-9

cloth, 486 p., $59.95

Pioneers of American Landscape will likely become the reference for anyone interested in America's landscape design history. This hefty volume not only fills a huge gap, but it also provides much-needed material in a smart, reputable and inviting manner. The culmination of a decadelong project, these 160 biographical essays, illustrated with 450 plans and photographs, portray the lives and careers of those who shaped America's public and private spaces.

Volume: 
4
Number: 
1

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