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Representing Landscapes
One Hundred Years of Visual Communication

ISBN 9781032024547
Published March 24, 2022 by Routledge
232 Pages 221 Color Illustrations

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This volume provides an in-depth historical overview of graphic and visual communication styles, techniques, and outputs from key landscape architects over the past century. Representing Landscapes: One Hundred Years of Visual Communication offers a detailed account of how past and present landscape architects and practitioners have harnessed the power of visualization to frame and situate their designs within the larger cultural, social, ecological, and political milieux.

The fifth book in the Representing Landscapes series, the presentations contained within each of the 25 chapters of this work are not merely drawings and illustrations but are rather graphic touchstones whose past and current influence shapes how landscape architects think and operate within the profession. This collected volume of essays gathers notable landscape historians, scholars, and designers to offer their insights on how the landscape has been presented and charts the development and use of new technologies and contemporary theory to reveal the conceptual power of the living medium of the larger landscape.

Richly detailed with over 220 colour and black and white illustrations from some of the discipline’s best-known landscape architects and designers, this work is a ‘must-have’ for those studying contemporary landscape design or those fascinated by the profession’s history.

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors


  1. Introduction
  2. Nadia Amoroso

  3. A System of Expression: Writing and Making Landscapes of Gertrude Jekyll
  4. Halina Steiner

  5. Beatrix Farrand: Representing Landscape in Prose and Drawings
  6. Thaisa Way

  7. Fletcher Steele, the Savvy Practitioner: Desire and the Cultivation of Connoisseurship
  8. Martin Holland

  9. Topographical and Landform Explorations: Revisiting Noguchi’s Sculptured Landscapes and their Representations
  10. Shannon Bassett

  11. Burle Marx: The Individual Language of Plenitude
  12. Ana Rita Sa Carneiro

  13. J.B. Jackson: Representing Everyday Landscapes
  14. Jeffrey Blankenship

  15. The EDSA Style: "A Legacy of Graphic Communication"
  16. Kona Gray

  17. Boomerangs, Zig-Zags & Orbits: Drawing the California Garden Garrett Eckbo and Thomas Church
  18. Chip Sullivan

  19. The Drawings of Lawrence Halprin
  20. Alison Hirsch

  21. Ian L. McHarg and Mapping Complex Processes
  22. Frederick Steiner

  23. Drawing Experiments for Representing Landscape
  24. Javier González-Campaña and Noemie Lafaurie-Debany

  25. Peter Walker: The Growth of Representation
  26. Peter Walker

  27. Pieces of the World: Yves Brunier's Landscape Representations
  28. Linda Pollak

  29. Hands on!
  30. Petra Blaisse

  31. Freedom from an Innocent Landscape: The Visual Communication of West 8
  32. Adriaan Geuze

  33. Evolving Representation, Physical and Digital at Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architecture
  34. Matt Perotto

  35. Drawing in Perspective
  36. David Malda

  37. The Eidetic Drawings of James Corner
  38. Tina George and Nadia Amoroso

  39. Non-Sites and Simulacra
  40. Ken Smith

  41. The Spirit of Drawing
  42. Chip Sullivan

  43. Allegorical Drawings: Developing a Cultural Practice
  44. Walter Hood

  45. ASPECTS [of] Design Representation
  46. ASPECT Studios and Jillian Walliss

  47. Every Picture Tells a Story: The Iconography of GROSS.MAX. Imagery
  48. Eeclo Hooftman

  49. Final Thoughts

Nadia Amoroso and Martin Holland



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Nadia Amoroso, PhD, OALA, CSLA, is an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. She holds a PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, and degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Toronto. She specializes in visual communication in landscape architecture, digital design, data visualization, and creative mapping. She also operates an illustration studio, under her name, focusing on landscape architectural visual communication. She has written a number of articles and books on topics relating to creative mapping, visual representation, and digital design including The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles, Representing Landscapes: Digital, Representing Landscapes: Hybrid and Digital Landscape Architecture Now.

Martin J. Holland, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, located in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Dr. Holland teaches a range of courses and studios in landscape design, urban design, and landscape history and theory. He has taught studio courses at Clemson University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of landscape design, cultural studies, and collective memory. He is particularly interested in how monuments, memorials, and other sites of commemoration are used, managed, and interpreted to guide, inform, and influence the public’s understanding of history and how it relates to the built environment. Professor Holland received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MLA is from the University of Virginia. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he majored in philosophy.


"In this book, I find many of my favorite landscape drawings discussed with new insights from a diverse group of landscape architects and scholars. Personal stories are drawn out in this compendium of essays organized around the work of historic landscape architects (Farrand, Church, Burle-Marx, McHarg, Brunier, and others) and contemporary landscape architects (Walker, Hood, Smith, Geuze, and others). Along the way, we learn a history of representation techniques, drawing materials, and landscape theory through the eyes, and hands, of landscape representation."

Ron Henderson FASLA, Professor and Director, Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program, Illinois Institute of Technology

"Amoroso’s and Holland’s book provides a fascinating cross-section through the repertoire of representation techniques used by landscape architects over the past 100 years. This book features a detailed deconstruction of the seductive and immersive visuals of GROSS.MAX produced with the late Ross Ballard, a deep dive into the archive of West 8, whose collages radiate as much vitality as when they were produced in the 1980’s, and never before seen hand drawings by James Corner. This book will bring fresh inspiration to craft powerful and purposeful visual work to move the profession forward for the next 100 years. Crucially, it reminds us that representation is not linear or circular; it is an evolutionary process that emerges to meet the needs of the designer to communicate a vision to positively impact the world."

Cannon Ivers, Director of Design at LDA Design, London, Teaching Fellow-Bartlett School of Landscape Architecture