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Dan Kiley: The Complete Works of America's Master Landscape Architect

Dan Kiley: The Complete Works of America's Master Landscape Architect
Dan Kiley and Jane Amidon
New York: Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown
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cloth, 224 p., $65

The life of one of the most important landscape architects of the 20th century is described in this handsome volume. Arranged in chronological order, with designs unified by common themes that shaped his career, Kiley's enormous influence on the landscape becomes visible. In appreciation of his work, Kiley was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1997. Each project is described, from private homes to large commercial areas, with plans, photographs and additional sketches.

The Harvard-educated Kiley early on searched for a language with which to vocalize the dynamic hand of human order on the land, a way to reveal nature's powers and create spaces of structural integrity. "The thing that is modern is space. You can't touch it, it is elusive but felt," Kiley stated. In his design work, he articulated space most often by imposing order on land by planting allées of trees, mainly honey locust, and used magnolias for accents, both plants the reader can relate to.

His projects in the Chicago area involve work on the master plan of the Chicago Botanic Garden as well as Northwestern University; the design of Olive Park at the Chicago Filtration Plant; and the South Garden of the Art Institute. He planned the landscape at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, along with Ford Foundation's famous indoor atrium garden in New York (the first of its kind) and gardens at the National Gallery of Art and Dulles Airport, among many others. His international reputation is secured by work in France, England and Japan.

This carefully designed volume contains page numbers in the outer margins of each page, making it easy to locate a given design. The book contains a vita, a record of Kiley's complete works and projects, and an important Design Manifesto by Garrett Eckbo, Dan Kiley and James Rose written in 1939 at the beginning of their careers.

— Adele Kleine, Garden Writer and contributing writer to Chicagoland Gardening magazine.