Pioneers of American Landscape Design

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Charles A. Birnbaum, Robin S. Karson
McGraw Hill, 2000 - Architecture - 486 pages
An important look at 140 prominent landscape architects and their work, full of new and archival photographs--the first reference book of its kind. An absolute must for landscape architects, students, and anyone interested in the design and evolution of the American landscape. Each entry includes biographical information, a discussion of the architects' approach and methodology, and representative plans and photographs of major projects. Emphasizes vital issues in landscape preservation and ecologically sound design. Excerpts from a review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Patricia Lowry on 9/30/00: "Pioneers" will quickly become an indispensable resource for anyone working in the field. Attractively designed and packed with more than 450 plans and photographs (including 100 in color), it's also just fun to look at and read ... For each entry, "Pioneers" also includes a brief bibliography. The book also can serve as a travel guide; at the end is a list of sites open to the public. ... At least 14 of the pioneers have surviving gardens, landscapes or parks here -- a reminder that this region has nationally significant landscapes that should be cherished and protected. ... The book strives to capture not only achievements but also personality ...Birnbaum's hope is that the book will inspire academics, students and other researchers ...

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ABOUT THE PIONEERS TEAM AND SPONSORS Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative and Robin Karson, executive director, Library of American Landscape History, served as project editors. Birnbaum, along with Catha Grace Rambusch, director, Catalog of Landscape Records in the United States at Wave Hill, conceived of this expansive project over a decade ago. What began as a National Park Service (NPS) database (today managed by the NPS Historic Landscape Initiative and the Cultural Landscape Foundation) gave rise to Pioneers of American Landscape Design. The National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative (Washington, DC) promotes responsible conservation and preservation practices that protect our nation's irreplaceable legacy of historic landscapes. The Library of American Landscape History (Amherst, MA) books and exhibitions about the artistic and cultural significance of North American landscapes and the people who created them. The Catalog of Landscape Records in the United States at Wave Hill (Bronx, NY) is a database which gathers information about the location and content of document collections (both written and graphic) that tell us about the use of our land. The Cultural Landscape Foundation (Washington, DC) is the only not-for-profit foundation in America dedicated to increasing the public's awareness of the irreplaceable legacy of cultural landscapes and their importance.

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