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Recovering landscape : essays in contemporary landscape architecture / ed. James Corner

Secondary Author Corner, James Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Princeton Architectural Press, cop. 1999 Description XI, 287 p. : il. ; 23 cm ISBN 1-56898-179-1 CDU 712
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The past decade has been witness to a remarkable resurgence of interest in landscape. While this recovery invokes a return of past traditions and ideas, it also implies renewal, invention, and transformation. Recovering Landscape collects a number of essays that discuss why landscape is gaining increased attention today, and what new possibilities might emerge from this situation. Themes such as reclamation, urbanism, infrastructure, geometry, representation, and temporality are explored in discussions drawn from recent developments not only in the United States but also in the Netherlands, France, India, and Southeast Asia. The contributors to this collection, all leading figures in the field of landscape architecture, include Alan Balfour, Denis Cosgrove, Georges Descombes, Christophe Girot, Steen Hoyer, David Leatherbarrow, Bart Lootsma, Sebastien Marot, Anuradha Mathur, Marc Treib, and Alex Wall.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Introduction: Recovering Landscape as a Critical Cultural Practice (p. 1)
  • Part 1 Reclaiming Place and Time
  • 1 Nature Recalled (p. 29)
  • 2 The Reclaiming of Sites (p. 45)
  • 3 Four Trace Concepts in Landscape Architecture (p. 59)
  • 4 Things Take Time and Time Takes Things: The Danish Landscape (p. 69)
  • 5 Shifting Sites: The Swiss Way, Geneva (p. 79)
  • 6 Octagon: The Persistence of the Ideal (p. 87)
  • Part 2 Constructing and Representing Landscape
  • 7 Liminal Geometry and Elemental Landscape: Construction and Representation (p. 103)
  • 8 Aerial Representation and the Recovery of Landscape (p. 121)
  • 9 Mutuality and the Cultures of Landscape Architecture (p. 141)
  • 10 Eidetic Operations and New Landscapes (p. 153)
  • 11 Leveling the Land (p. 171)
  • Part 3 Urbanizing Landscape
  • 12 The Amsterdam Bos: The Modern Public Park and the Construction of Collective Experience (p. 187)
  • 13 Neither Wilderness nor Home: The Indian Maidan (p. 205)
  • 14 Airport/Landscape (p. 221)
  • 15 Programming the Urban Surface (p. 233)
  • 16 Synthetic Regionalization: The Dutch Landscape Toward a Second Modernity (p. 251)
  • Afterword: What Is Public in Landscape? (p. 275)
  • Contributors (p. 285)

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Library Journal Review

This highly theoretical collection of essays is based partly on a symposium held at the Architectural Association in London in 1994. In his introduction, Corner (landscape architecture, Univ. of Pennsylvania) nicely frames the book with discussions of the semantics of the word landscape and its further cultural connotations while also describing how it is regarded by preservationists and represented in advertising. The volume is divided into three parts: reclaiming place and time, constructing and representing landscape, and urbanizing landscape. The breadth of approaches is impressive, and the contributors ably describe the idea of landscape from a virtually infinite set of perspectives, from the sense of tactility to the distinctive site characteristics of airports. Nevertheless, this is recommended only for graduate-level collections in cultural and architectural theory.ÄPaul Glassman, New York Sch. of Interior Design Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

James Corner is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania

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