Intermediate Natures: The Landscapes of Michel Desvigne

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 20, 2008 - Architecture - 200 pages
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Michel Desvigne is no doubt the most high-profile French landscape architect working today. He collaborates with architects like Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Ieoh Ming Pei, Herzog and de Meuron, and Jean Nouvel, and his projects are synonymous with a strong strategic and conceptual component, influenced by insights from geography. Traffic projects also play an important role in his work – they underscore the competence of landscape architecture in matters of city planning.

This thematic monograph documents the key elements of Desvigne’s work in individual chapters: processes of transformation, geography, territory, urban structures, and public squares. Each of these themes is vividly illustrated by selected projects, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, the French Ministry of Culture in Paris, and Keio University in Tokyo.

 

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Contents

AGRICULTURE TEXTURE AND THE UNFINISHED James Corner
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LANDFORMS The Natural Infrastructures of Cities
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BURGOS SPAIN 20062011 35 TERRITORIES AND SHAPES OF TIME Urban Transformations and Landscapes in Counterpoint
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MARIANNE PARK MONTPELLIER FRANCE 19982002 61 LANDSCAPES BEHIND THE SCENES A Link between Landscape and Urban Sprawl
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LATHÉOLS PARK ISSOUDUN FRANCE 19931994 89 URBAN FIELDS The Meaning of a Park in the City
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Illustration
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Gilles Tiberghien is a philosopher and an author in the field of Land Art.

James Corner is an internationally known landscape designer and theorist and professor for landscape architecture at the Pennsylvania University, USA.

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