Event Landscape?: Contemporary German Landscape Architecture

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Bund Deutscher Landschafts-Architekten
Birkhäuser-Verlag für Architektur, Jan 1, 2003 - Architecture - 167 pages
Can landscape architecture provide ideal solutions for public space? This book looks at the new role landscape architecture is acquiring. Today, landscape architecture often stands at the centre of attention - perhaps more frequently than is desirable for its own sake? Designing with "nature, " whether in urban spaces or in company grounds, at horticultural shows or in "temporary gardens" generates an attractive and immediate emotional impact. It is not just architects and artists who incorporate landscape features in their designs today, but also local authorities and well-known companies wishing to promote an image of ecological responsibility combined with innovative design. The result is a kind of landscape-based event culture with popular appeal. "Event Landscape?" describes the current state of this wide-sweeping development. A wide array of recent landscape designs with detailed information are presented, revealing how landscape architecture can play a part in solving major issues of public space: the sustainable renewal of towns, the transformation of farmland into new cultural landscapes, the role of historic gardens and parks. Which are the choices behind contemporary landscape design? Thies Schroder, author of Changes in Scenery, takes an informative and critical look at the present situation.

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