Modern landscape

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Phaidon Press, 2003 - Architecture - 239 pages
The issue of landscape is of increasing concern to us as the twenty-first century begins, not only as an area of design and study but also as it is affected by building development and the maintenance of eco-systems. This important and highly topical book extends the existing debate to examine recent projects and their part in our growing concern about the maintenance and enhance-ment of our natural spaces.Modern Landscape features over thirty international projects, including schemes by both architects and landscape architects, often working in collaboration. Following an introductory essay, the book is arranged into four sections of extensively illustrated case studies, each of which deals with a different aspect of landscape design - Parkland, Architecture as Landscape, Garden Landscapes and Urban Interventions - relating it directly to historical and contemporary precedents.

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About the author (2003)

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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