Synopses & Reviews
The last two decades have seen a great explosion in the diversity, function, and beauty of modern landscape architecture. Private commissions have been the testing ground for the most radical experimentation. This first major survey of contemporary private gardens explores the imaginative ideas behind landscape design today. Almost fifty projects from more than twenty-five landscape architects worldwide are thoroughly documented here.
Each of the four sections of the book Exploration, Innovation, Tradition, Abstraction reveals a distinct and original approach to the landscape. Acknowledged masters like Dan Kiley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Jacques Wirtz stand next to today's most influential landscape architects Martha Scwartz, Fernando Caruncho, Vladimir Sitta as well as such young talents as Chip Sullivan and Dean Cardasis. The featured work in this volume is located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, and Australia.
Diversity characterizes each designer's work. The modernist aesthetic, translated from art and architecture especially the strains of cubism, the International Style, postmodernism, minimalism, and Earth Art gives form to a great number of the landscapes presented. Many designs have been equally influenced by the legacy of Luis Barragan, Isamu Noguchi, and Roberto Burle Marx. A consideration of the physical and social contexts is also evident in the designers' concern for the environment. The remarkable blend of projects in this volume captures contemporary landscape architecture at the moment when it signals what is to come in the twenty-first century.
The last two decades have seen a great explosion in the diversity, functionality, and beauty of modern garden design. The first major survey of contemporary private gardens, this book explores the imaginative ideas behind landscape design today. Lush color photographs, supported by plans, drawings, and lively commentary, thoroughly document gardens by twenty-eight leading landscape architects, featuring work in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. An international roster of designers is represented here, illustrating acknowledged masters, such as Dan Kiley and Ian Hamilton Finlay, in addition to vital young talents, including Kathryn Gustafson and Susan Child.
In each of the categories in Paradise Transformed -- tradition, abstraction, innovation, and exploration -- a distinct approach to the private landscape is revealed, achieved in original ways by each designer. The modernist aesthetic, translated from architecture, painting, and sculpture, gives form to these marvelous private spaces. Architectural and artistic influences displayed in these gardens include Art Deco, Cubism, Surrealism, Modernism, Postmodernism, Minimalism, and the Earthworks of the 1960s and 1970s. Some of the main tenets of the contemporary garden are: greater emphasis on gardens for personal use, not just plant display; the rejection of historical styles as total models and the incorporation of new concepts involving technology, architecture, and site; a variety of design themes, including symmetrical, asymmetrical, and curvilinear modes and their interplay; and a breakthrough to an ecological and regional awareness of the landscape.
About the Author
Gordon Taylor and Guy Cooper are the principals of Landscape Design Ltd. in London. They have designed gardens in Ireland, France, Spain, the United States, and throughout Great Britain; they have also written numerous articles and books on herbs, gardens, and garden history, including Mirrors of Paradise: The Gardens of Fernando Caruncho, Gardens for the Future: Gestures Against the Wild, Gardens of Obsession, English Herb Gardens, and English Water Gardens. During the summer of 2000 Taylor and Cooper filmed a six-part series on the diversity of British gardens for BBC2, and Cooper frequently lectures at horticultural organizations worldwide.