Gardens of the mind: the genius of Geoffrey Jellicoe

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Antique Collectors' Club, Mar 1, 1992 - Architecture - 191 pages
Born in 1900, Geoffrey Jellicoe's working life spans virtually all the main developments in landscape and garden design of the 20th century; this thoughtful study of his contributions to these disciplines reveals the origins and forms of his genius. Influences on his work have ranged from the writings of ancient Greeks to those of Carl Jung, and from classical art to Jackson Pollock, and these, together with his own particular vision, have given Jellicoe's work an individuality and style that is internationally recognised. While the significance of the worlds of art and ideas concerning the way man handles landscape can never be underestimated, in the work of Geoffrey Jellicoe we can see such interaction heightened to a thought-provoking level where we not only appreciate his work, but also question our own attitudes to our surroundings. The author, himself an architect, records Jellicoe's education at the Architectural Association, and his early days in Italy with fellow architectural student J

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Geoffrey Jellicoe painted by Michael Tree
The Italian Renaissance Gardens

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About the author (1992)

Michael Spens qualified as an architect at Cambridge University, and has received several design awards. He focuses on the engagement of architecture with landscape. Whilst researching Alvar Aalto, from 1993 he worked in support of a restoration programme for Aalto's Viipuri Library in Russia that involved professionals from Russia and Finland, and published "Viipuri Library 1927-1935: Alvar Aalto" (Academy Editions, 1994). Knighted by the President of Finland, in 2002 he became University Reader in Architecture at Dundee University. Other publications include "Landscape Transformed"

(Academy Editions, l996) and "Modern Landscape" (Phaidon, 2003), and he also contributes to "AD, Architectural Review, Architectural Research Quarterly" and "Topos" (Munich).

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