1st Edition

Representing Landscape Architecture

Edited By

Marc Treib

ISBN 9780415700436
Published January 30, 2008 by Taylor & Francis
240 Pages

USD $74.95

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Book Description

Representing Landscape Architecture offers a broad investigation of how the designed landscape is and has been represented: for design study, for criticism and even for its realization.

It has been said that we can only realize what we can imagine. But in order to realize we must convey ideas to others as well as to ourselves. Representation is by no means neutral and the process of communication, the process by which the imagination takes its first form, itself necessarily limits the range of our design possibilities. Computers further remove from cognitive processes and raise new questions about methods and limits.

Written by a team of renowned practitioners and academics, this book is the best available reference to date on the many dimensions of landscape representation.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Looking Backward and Forward  Part 2: Representing the Landscape Design Process  Part 3: Drawings and Models  Part 4: Words and Media


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Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of numerous articles on architecture, landscape, and design. He has held Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Japan Foundation fellowships, as well as an advanced design fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Recent books include  Noguchi in Paris: The Unesco Garden and Settings and Stray Paths: Writings on Landscapes and Gardens, published by Routledge in 2005.


"Marc Treib is one of the most prolific and erudite writers on designed, rather than found, landscapes. His beautifully illustrated and edited collection of essays on how designers have visualised and represented gardens and landscapes in plans, drawings, sketches, models, photographs and computer-generated images, is a delight."

"Treib is particularly sensitive to the gap between the plan and the reality, and is not afraid to name those parks which appeared inspired on paper but failed to win public affection or garner enjoyable use when constructed. He is a critic one can always trust."

GREEN PLACES, April 2008

"A very useful book and highly recommended for students in landscape architecture in order to broaden their perspective on the topic and encourage them to explore other modes of representation. It will also appeal to anybody interested in the landscape architecture profession and its evolution."