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The Course of Landscape Architecture A History of our Designs on the Natural World, from Prehistory to the Present

by Christophe Girot, Philip Ursprung

The Course of Landscape Architecture A History of our Designs on the Natural World, from Prehistory to the Present Synopsis

In many ways the history of civilization is a history of our relationship with nature and landscape. Christophe Girot sets out to chronicle this intimate connection, drawing on all aspects of mankind's creativity and ingenuity, and bringing together the key stories that have shaped our manmade landscapes. Starting from the dual inclination to clear land for cultivation and to enclose space for protection there emerges a vital and multifaceted narrative that describes our cultural relationship to, and dependence on, the landscape, right up to the present day. Organized chronologically, the chapters consist of a thematic essay that ties together the central developments, as well as a case study illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and meticulously detailed 3D re-creations showing the featured site in its original context. The result of over two decades of teaching experience and academic research at the world's leading landscape institutes and universities, this masterful and hugely ambitious new interpretation of human intervention in the landscape will be essential reading for students and professionals worldwide.

The Course of Landscape Architecture A History of our Designs on the Natural World, from Prehistory to the Present Press Reviews

'This is a book that one can dip into with pleasure, and will delight all those with an interest in architecture, archaeology, and social history' - Current World Archaeology 'This book will become essential to our discipline, encouraging not only those in academia to experience landscape architecture as a multilayered profession' - Landezin.com

Book Information

ISBN: 9780500342978
Publication date: 14th April 2016
Author: Christophe Girot, Philip Ursprung
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: Landscape art & architecture, History of architecture,

About Christophe Girot, Philip Ursprung

Christophe Girot is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the highly prestigious Institute of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich.

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