Synopses & Reviews
In the period from 1890 to 1940, landscape architects organized as a profession distinct from art and architecture, bringing to the fore a variety of theories and aspirationsandmdash;to influence urban growth, reinforce national identity, and shape land conservation and land-use planning, among other goalsandmdash;in response to challenges posed by rapid change. The twelve essays included in this exceptional volume grapple with the definition and significance of modernism in landscape design during this transformative era.
An international roster of leading landscape historians discuss established and less recognized designers, such as Maria Teresa Parpagliolo, who sought to define the modern Italian garden, or Benito Javier Carrasco, who made recreational green space a public amenity in Buenos Aires. Examining gardens and landscapes of all scales and purposes, from private villa gardens to civic spaces, these essays contribute original insight and rigorous research to the growing field of landscape studies. and#160;and#160;
This beautifully illustrated historical dictionary of landscape design vocabulary used in North America from the 17th to the mid-19th century defines a selection of one hundred terms and concepts used in garden planning and landscape architecture. Ranging from alcove, arbor, and arch to veranda, wilderness, and wood, each term presents a wealth of documentation, textual sources, and imagery. The broad geographic scope of the texts reveals patterns of regional usage, while the chronological range provides evidence of changing design practice and landscape vocabulary over time. Drawing upon a wealth of newly compiled documentation and accompanied by more than 1,000 images, this dictionary forms the most complete published reference to date on the history of American garden design, and reveals landscape history as integral to the study of American cultural history.
This collection of essays examines designed landscapes of all scales and functions, from private villa gardens to civic spaces, with original insight and rigorous research into the meaning of modernism internationally.
About the Author
Therese Oand#8217;Malley is associate dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth Kryder-Reid is associate professor of anthropology and museum studies atand#160;Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Anne Helmreich is associate professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University.