Synopses & Reviews
One of the most difficult tasks for a designer is to translate concepts into specific and detailed organizations of space. From Concept to Form in Landscape Design
, Second Edition provides vital, functional techniques that make the transformation easier and more effective. This perceptive resource examines both traditional and nontraditional methods of landscape design, providing the conceptual and philosophical foundations for ideas and their visual expression.
The revised and expanded Second Edition includes:
A new chapter dealing with the creative thought process for generating ideas
Precise case studies showing sequential form evolution
Hundreds of detailed photographs to assist in visualizing various techniques
Inspiring images from nature for naturalistic form development
Atypical design examples as impetus for innovation
Accompanying web site with projects for classroom students and self-learners alike
From Concept to Form in Landscape Design, Second Edition presents the landscape transformation process in a highly visual manner, creating both a vivid learning experience for students and a useful toolbox for working designers. Replete with compelling, valuable, and accessible insights for designing outdoor spaces, Reid's book is an ideal blend of inspiration and application.
Form in the landscape is the ultimate visual expression of the many forces that influence the design of outdoor environments. Landscape architecture embodies a skillful integration of these forces so that the changes on the land respond to human needs yet remain sensitive to the environment. The process of reaching an appropriate form is the focus of this book.
One of the most difficult tasks for a designer is to translate concepts into specific and detailed organizations of space. From Concept to Form in Landscape Design provides techniques that make the transformation easier and more effective. This revised edition examines both traditional and non-traditional methods of landscape design, providing the conceptual and philosophical foundations for ideas and their graphic expression.
About the Author
Grant W. Reid, FASLA, has a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed landscape architect in the state of Kansas, principal of Grant Reid Designs, and a retired professor of landscape architecture at Colorado State University. In 2005, he received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America Educational Foundation.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Concept.
Chapter 2 Geometric Form Development.
The 90°/ Rectangular Theme.
The 135°/ Octagonal Theme.
The 120°/ Hexagonal Theme.
Circles on Circles.
Concentric Circles and Radii.
Arcs and Tangents.
Chapter 3 Naturalistic Form Development.
The Free Ellipse and Scallops.
The Free Spiral.
The Irregular Polygon.
The Organic Edge.
Clustering and Fragmentation.
Chapter 4 Principles of Design.
Basic Elements of Design.
Integration of Form.
Chapter 5 Beyond the Rules: Anomalous and Provocative Design.
Acute Angle Forms.
Social and Political Landscapes.
Landscapes of Distortion and Illusion.
Chapter 6 Case Studies.
Project 1. Silver Arch Sculpture Garden.
Project 2. Courtyard of Circles.
Project 3. Corner Lot Garden.
Project 4. Pools of Pleasure.
Project 5. Tsukubai Dialogue.
Project 6. Canopied Retreat.
Project 7. Platform Connections.
Geometric Construction Methods.