American Eden: Landscape Architecture of the Pacific West

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Vilo Publishing, 2000 - Architecture - 159 pages
The West Coast of the United States of America is in many ways a kind of new-found Eden, with its mild Mediterranean climate, its highly diverse vegetation -- indigenous or imported species, giant trees and a multitude of flowers -- as well as the spectacular geological structures of its mountains and canyons. This book features some of the most brilliant landscaping achievements in the states of California, Oregon and Washington: a waste treatment center integrated into the landscape; a residential zone that attempts to blend in totally with its surroundings; downtown plazas reclaimed for general public use; the transformation of former industrial zones into landscaped parks, and stunning private gardens where local species and imported plants come together to enhance fabulous private homes.

With many illustrations and a well-documented text by one the finest specialists in American landscape architecture, this book features Lawrence Halprin, Peter Walker, Robert Murase and Martha Schwartz, among others.

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Michael Leccese has been a bike commuter, tourist, and occasional racer for 30 years. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today, and, with his wife Kathleen McCormick, written or edited several books on architecture and planning. The New York native now lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he is a principal of Fountainhead Communications. He also is the author of Short Bike Rides in Colorado (Globe Pequot, 1995).
Rolf Pemberton is a cyclist and outdoor enthusiast with articles in both local and national publications. An advocate of riding etiquette and environmental respect, he founded an oversees cycling club with chapters in Costa Rica, Canada, and the United States. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife Kathryn.

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