Changes in scenery: contemporary landscape architecture in Europe
Today, landscape architecture is assuming a significance which for decades was reserved for architecture. In landscape architecture our aspiration to combine functional designs with artistic vision, the longing to reconcile public demands with convincing concepts, and not least the hope of social integration are united. In the foreword Christophe Girot argues that a creative dialogue between strong identities is vital for the ongoing "Changes in Scenery". The scope of the concepts from eight European countries range from the sensual compositions of Bet Figueras (Spain), to Guido Hager's emphasis on garden art (Switzerland), from the extensive plans of the French firm Desvigne & Dalnoky to the perpetuation of classical Modernism by the Spaniard Batlle i Roig. The large |uvres of Adriaan Geuze (the Netherlands) and Peter Latz (Germany) are also represented as are the provocative experiments of the British firm GROSS. MAX. Carefully selected illustrations accompanied by compelling and descriptive texts and a reflective essay provide a fascinating picture of present-day landscape architecture in Europe.
11 pages matching public space in this book
Results 1-3 of 11
What people are saying - Write a review
Changes in scenery: contemporary landscape architecture in EuropeUser Review - Book Verdict
Europe's rapidly changing urban landscape is influencing design throughout the world, and these two surveys examine the thinking behind some recent developments there. In Changes in Scenery, Schroder, a German critic and lecturer in landscape architecture, has gathered recent work by 14 firms from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Besides selecting and arranging plant material, these firms have integrated sculpture, plazas, walls, pools, and bridges into their projects, which vary in scale and purpose from a monastery garden to high-speed transportation corridors. Schroder's lucid text analyzes the approach of each firm, emphasizing themes in subheadings such as "Contemplative Dymanics" (in a chapter on Stig L. Anderson) and "Constructing Physical Nature" (on Latz & Partner). Unfortunately, half the illustrations are black-and-white photographs that don't do justice to the content. ...