Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape: 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape

2nd Edition

By Simon Bell


216 pages

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Paperback: 9780415325189
pub: 2004-03-25
Hardback: 9780415325172
pub: 2004-04-01

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Public concern about the landscape, in particular its appearance, is increasing all the time. For those charged with managing, developing or conserving a wide range of landscapes it is a major task to take visual aspects into account.

Elements of Visual Design in the Landsacpe presents a vocabulary of visual design, structured in a logical and easy to follow sequence. It is profusely illustrated using both abstract and real examples taken from a wide range of international locations together with cross referencing between related principles and case studies demonstrating how the principles can be applied in practice.

The visual aspects of design have often been treated as 'cosmetic' and therefore not meriting attention or purely subjective and therefore open to personal preference. Few attempts have been made to explain how we see the landscape in any rational and structured way, and to demonstrate how visually creative design and management can be undertaken. This book aims to fill that gap.


"…an excellent introduction to the basic principles underlying the practice of landscape design which should be equally useful to students and to more experienced practitioners attempting to broaden their professional scope…All professionals who work in the countryside should find this a stimulating book." - Scottish Forestry

"It is not often that a book of this kind has such vitality that it is difficult to put down." - Landscape Design

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: Basic elements. Part 2: Variables. Part 3: Organization. Part 4: Case studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching