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Avant gardeners : 50 visionaries of the contemporary landscape / Tim Richardson ; with foreword by Martha Schwartz.

By: Richardson, Tim, 1968-.
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2008Description: 352 p. : ill. (some col.), plans ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780500513934 (hbk.); 0500513937 (hbk.).Subject(s): Landscape architecture | Landscape architecture -- Designs and plans | Landscape architecture -- Case studies | Landscape architecture -- Pictorial works | Landscape architectsDDC classification: 712
Contents:
Foreword / Martha Schwartz -- Introduction / Tim Richardson -- Essays -- Concept: the theoretical basis for - and a definition of - landscape conceptualism -- History: the ways in which conceptualist designers both deny and embrace ideas of history -- Nature: conceptualists lead the charge against lazy, politically expedient 'eco' solutions -- Plants and other materials: colour, artificiality, surrealism and green growing things -- Maxims towards a conceptualist attitude to landscape design: more mini-festo than manifesto: notes on conceptualist reality -- The conceptualist garden show: the best international showcase for conceptual work? -- Psychotopia: an anatomy of landscape atmosphere: the importance of invisibles.
Review: "In the past decade, garden and landscape design has witnessed a burgeoning of new ideas. The leading edge of recent garden design has not only embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, but has also appropriated ideas from related disciplines, such as architecture and product design, redefining and blurring the borders of nature and the man-made in the process. Plants, too, have been the source of surprising new expressions in avant-gardens, even if many practitioners are suspicious of horticulture's importance. One indication of the rise in popularity - and controversy - of these gardens has been the growing number of conceptual garden festivals, which have become the premier international showcases for new ideas." "Avant Gardeners presents the fifty most exciting and innovative contemporary garden - and landscape - design practices from around the world, profiling the work of each designer through informative texts, photographs and plans. Topical essays explore the underlying principles of these highly individual approaches, and show how a rising generation has rejected the naturalistic tradition of Western garden design, favouring instead the influences of Modernism, Postmodernism, Pop Art and Land Art." "Tim Richardson, one of the world's leading garden and landscape critics, brings a broad base of knowledge and an engaging style to the subject. With over 100 projects, the book is an encyclopaedic look at the most advanced contemporary thinking in garden design and offers an inspirational archive for practitioners and enthusiasts - indeed for anyone who delights in the great outdoors."--BOOK JACKET.
List(s) this item appears in: Modern/Tropical Gardens
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 351).

Foreword / Martha Schwartz -- Introduction / Tim Richardson -- Essays -- Concept: the theoretical basis for - and a definition of - landscape conceptualism -- History: the ways in which conceptualist designers both deny and embrace ideas of history -- Nature: conceptualists lead the charge against lazy, politically expedient 'eco' solutions -- Plants and other materials: colour, artificiality, surrealism and green growing things -- Maxims towards a conceptualist attitude to landscape design: more mini-festo than manifesto: notes on conceptualist reality -- The conceptualist garden show: the best international showcase for conceptual work? -- Psychotopia: an anatomy of landscape atmosphere: the importance of invisibles.

"In the past decade, garden and landscape design has witnessed a burgeoning of new ideas. The leading edge of recent garden design has not only embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, but has also appropriated ideas from related disciplines, such as architecture and product design, redefining and blurring the borders of nature and the man-made in the process. Plants, too, have been the source of surprising new expressions in avant-gardens, even if many practitioners are suspicious of horticulture's importance. One indication of the rise in popularity - and controversy - of these gardens has been the growing number of conceptual garden festivals, which have become the premier international showcases for new ideas." "Avant Gardeners presents the fifty most exciting and innovative contemporary garden - and landscape - design practices from around the world, profiling the work of each designer through informative texts, photographs and plans. Topical essays explore the underlying principles of these highly individual approaches, and show how a rising generation has rejected the naturalistic tradition of Western garden design, favouring instead the influences of Modernism, Postmodernism, Pop Art and Land Art." "Tim Richardson, one of the world's leading garden and landscape critics, brings a broad base of knowledge and an engaging style to the subject. With over 100 projects, the book is an encyclopaedic look at the most advanced contemporary thinking in garden design and offers an inspirational archive for practitioners and enthusiasts - indeed for anyone who delights in the great outdoors."--BOOK JACKET.

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