Synopses & Reviews
Nelson Byrd Woltz's award-winning landscape architecture is widely celebrated for combining sheer beauty with ecologically regenerative design. The firm's innovative and highly collaborative design methods bring depleted ecosystems back to life—restoring meadows, streams, woodlands, and ponds in urban and rural settings and cultivating connections between sites and their complex regional environments.
Nelson Byrd Woltz: Garden, Park, Community, Farm presents a selection of twelve built projects representing the firm's contemporary vision for sustainable design. These examples demonstrate the remarkable breadth of their practice and inspire a new understanding of how landscape architecture can shape our world through urbanism, agriculture, and conservation sciences.
The projects range from an urban townhouse garden to an animal-friendly habitat for the National Zoo's giant pandas to a large-scale sheep-and-cattle station along the coast of New Zealand. Exceptional photography, hand-drawn plans, and lists of plants and materials document each project, and an appendix of details from numerous additional designs provides an extensive visual reference guide. Nelson Byrd Woltz's transformative landscapes are both an open invitation to learn about nature and a much-needed contribution to the health of our cities, farms, and wildlands.
About the Author
Warren T. Byrd, Jr. is founding principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Professor Emeritus of the University of Virginia and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has led the firm in a broad range of public park, campus and town planning projects throughout the United States and internationally including Holland and China. A major focus of Warren's work has been the understanding and adaptation of natural systems and regional plant communities as they might best influence sustainable strategies of design in the public landscape.
Thomas L. Woltz, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. He has led the design of botanic gardens, urban plazas, private estates and farmland conservation. His work explores the integration of beauty and function of built form with complex biological systems and restoration ecology, yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat.