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Written for both students and professionals, Theory in Landscape Architecture: A Reader is a compilation of excerpts and complete works of influential theoretical texts, written in English, in the fields of landscape architecture, architecture, and planning during the last half-century. The work is divided into six parts: The nature of theory; the design process; form, meaning and experience; society, language and the representation of landscape; ecological design and the esthetics of sustainability; and integrating site, place and region. The editor focused on readings in design theory that he considered essential to scholars. While this narrow approach may be useful for those concerned approaching landscape architecture from a distinct perspective, looking for an overview in a single reference work, the result is a publication of limited interest to the general public.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden