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Landscape design : a cultural and architectural history

Author: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2001.
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"From Stonehenge to the royal gardens of Versailles, from the Nazca Lines of Peru to the Forbidden City of Beijing, from the great temple complexes of ancient Egypt to New York's Central Park, people throughout the world from the dawn of civilization have shaped the landscape around them. This book, a survey of the history of landscape design, considers what the evolution of human interaction with the land reveals
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Genre/Form: History
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Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow, 1936-
Landscape design.
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2001
(OCoLC)606588461
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
ISBN: 0810942534 9780810942530
OCLC Number: 45558852
Description: 544 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Introduction. The shaping of space; the meaning of place --
1. Magic, myth, and nature : landscapes of prehistoric, early ancient, and contemporary peoples --
I. Caves and circles : sustaining life and discerning cosmic order --
II. Architectural mountains and the earth's first cities : landscape as urban power in early ancient civilizations --
III. Ritual and landscape in prehistoric Greece : earth goddess and the mighty lords --
IV. Cosmology in the landscapes of the Americas : spirits of earth and sky --
2. Nature, art, and reason : landscape design in the classical world --
I. Gods and humans : the new contract with nature --
II. Polis and Acropolis : city and temple in the Greek landscape --
III. Empire : Hellenism and Roman urbanism --
IV. Garden and villa : the art of landscape in ancient Rome --
3. Visions of paradise : landscape design as symbol and metaphor --
I. Paradise as a literary topos : gardens of god and gardens of love --
II. Paradise on earth : the Islamic garden --
III. Paradise contained : walled cities and walled gardens of the European Middle Ages --
4. Classicism reborn : landscape ideals of the Renaissance in Italy and France --
I. Petrarch, Alberti, and Colonna : humanism and the landscape --
II. Bramante and the rediscovery of axial planning : gardens of sixteenth-century Italy --
III. Axial planning on an urban scale : the development of Renaissance Rome --
IV. Currents of fashion : the transformation of the Italian garden in France --
V. The evolution of French urbanization and garden style : Paris in the time of Henry IV --
5. Power and glory : the genius of Le Nôtre and the grandeur of the Baroque --
I. The making of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles : André Le Nôtre --
II. The garden as theater : Italian Baroque and Rococo gardens. 6. Expanding horizons : court and city in the European grand manner --
I. French and Italian exports : the application of classical and Baroque design principles to gardens in the Netherlands, England, Germany, and beyond --
II. The heroic city : expressions of classical and Baroque urbanism --
III. Nature's paradise : America in the colonial and federal periods --
7. Sense and sensibility : landscapes of the Age of Reason, Romanticism, and Revolution --
I. The genius of the place : forging a new landscape style through literature, art, and theory --
II. Leaping the fence : the transformation of the English landscape into a pastoral idyll with political meaning --
III. Remaking England : Capability Brown, professional improver --
IV. Nature's canvas : English philosophers and practitioners of the picturesque --
V. Landscapes of moral virtue and exotic fantasy : the French picturesque --
VI. Designing nature's garden : the landscapes of Thomas Jefferson --
VII. The landscape of mind and soul : Goethe and Wordsworth --
8. Nature as muse : the gardens of China and Japan --
I. Mountains, lakes, and islands : intimations of immortality in the Chinese garden --
II. Tea, moss, and stones : temple and palace gardens of Japan --
9. Expanding cities and new social institutions : the democratization of landscape design --
I. Botanical science, the gardenesque style, and people's parks : landscape design in Victorian England --
II. Redefining rural America : the influence of Andrew Jackson Downing --
III. Honoring history and repose for the dead : commemorative landscapes and rural cemeteries --
IV. The new metropolis : Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux as park builders and city planners. 10. Industrial Age civilization : birth of the modern city, Beaux-Arts America, and National Parks --
I. Haussmann's Paris : birth of the modern city --
II. The city beautiful : monumental urbanism in Beaux-Arts America --
III. America the beautiful : the National Park system --
11. Landscape as aesthetic experience : the arts and crafts movement and the revival of the formal garden --
I. Modernity challenged : Ruskin's influence, the past revalued, and Italy's long shadow --
II. The Edwardian and post-Edwardian English garden : Aristocracy's golden afternoon and twilight --
III. Design synthesis : the end of the American country place era --
12. Social utopias : modernism and regional planning --
I. Urban expansion : town planning for the Machine Age in Britain and continental Europe --
II. Greenbelt towns or suburbs? : creating the American metropolis --
13. A new landscape aesthetic : the modernist garden --
I. Transitional experimentation : design idioms of the early twentieth century --
II. Abstract art and the functional landscape : gardens for modern living --
14. Home, commerce, and entertainment : landscapes of consumerism --
I.A home for the family : the landscape of suburbia --
II. Commerce and entertainment : shopping malls and theme parks --
15. Holding on and letting grow : landscape as preservation, conservation, art, sport, and theory --
I. Preserving the past : place as heritage, identity, tourist landscape, and new urbanist community --
II. Conserving nature : landscape design as environmental science and art --
III. Earthworks, golf courses, philosophical models, and poetic metaphors : landscape as art form, sport, deconstructivism, and Phenomenology --
16. The weaving of place and the geography of flows : landscape as bodily experience and vernacular expression --
I. Body and space : the weaving of place --
II. Cultural geography : the loom of landscape --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index --
Photograph credits.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers.
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"From Stonehenge to the royal gardens of Versailles, from the Nazca Lines of Peru to the Forbidden City of Beijing, from the great temple complexes of ancient Egypt to New York's Central Park, people throughout the world from the dawn of civilization have shaped the landscape around them. This book, a survey of the history of landscape design, considers what the evolution of human interaction with the land reveals about the development of society, and how the resulting cities, parks, and gardens embody the values of the cultures that planned and built them.

Beginning with prehistoric caves and stone circles, and continuing through the cities and planned environments created by civilizations from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome up to the most exciting avant-garde gardens and earthworks of the present day, author Elizabeth Barlow Rogers discusses these superb landscapes in their historical and cultural contexts." "Illustrated with hundreds of plans, drawings, and photographs, many made specifically for this book, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History will be an invaluable resource to scholars, architects, garden enthusiasts, and indeed to anyone who appreciates the place-making creations of both the great artists and the ordinary folk who have shaped the land."--Jacket.

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