Unbounded Practice: Women and Landscape Architecture in the Early Twentieth Century

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University of Virginia Press, 2009 - Architecture - 305 pages
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"To date, the history of women in American landscape design has been focused on a few individual stars - somewhat surprisingly, considering the breadth of women's involvement in the field over the past century. The first half of the twentieth century was a critical period in the profession's development, a time during which landscape architects began to separate themselves from - in fact, categorically reject association with - the ranks of hobby gardeners and amateur horticulturists, and eventually from the art of garden design. Gardening and the fine arts had long been socially acceptable pastimes for women of the leisured classes, which is likely one reason women designers found it particularly easy to gain initial acceptance within the confines of the new specialty. However, by mid-century many women had begun to be swept aside in the young discipline's eagerness to embrace as a model the more "professionally" oriented field of architecture. In Unbounded Practice, Thaisa Way offers an engaging and detailed account of many of these women. Examined here are the lives and works of Marian Cruger Coffin, Annette Hoyt Flanders, Marjorie Sewell Cautley, Martha Brookes Hutcheson, and a host of other women important to the development of landscape architecture as we know it today."--Book jacket.

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Tha´sa Way is Assistant Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.

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