What is landscape architecture? Is it gardening, or science, or art? In this book, Bruce Sharky provides a complete overview of the discipline to provide those that are new to the subject with the foundations for future study and practice. The many varieties of landscape practice are discussed with an emphasis on the significant contributions that landscape architects have made across the world in daily practice.
Written by a leading scholar and practitioner, this book outlines the subject and explores how, from a basis in garden design, it 'leapt over the garden wall' to encapsulate areas such as urban and park design, community and regional planning, habitat restoration, green infrastructure and sustainable design, and site engineering and implementation.
Thinking about Landscape Architecture is perfect for those wanting to better understand this fascinating subject, and those starting out as landscape architecture students.
Landscape Architect and Professor Bruce Sharky, through his many years of practice and worldwide teaching has written a thorough introduction and definition of the art and science of Landscape Architecture: its scope, its amplitude, and its present and future relevance in the XXI century.
The book establishes definitions of methodology, scope of work, outlook and design concepts for students and professionals alike. It touches succinctly and clearly into the history and evolution of the profession, and of the scale and typological landscapes professionals are committed to today. It also defines the amplitude and limitations of a profession difficult to define. A book much needed at schools, as well as in private corporations and public institutions.
Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, Landscape Architect/Architect
1. What is a Landscape Architect? 2. The Language and Concepts of Design, 3. Design Process and Life of a Project, 4. Historical Context of Landscape Architecture: From the Garden of Eden to the New York Highline and Sustainable Design, 5. Fundamental Design and Spatial Organization Concepts, 6. Gardens, Communities, Parks, and Urban Design, 7. Designing with Plants in Mind, 8. Concrete, Soil, Wood, and Other Materials, 9. Design Realization, 10. Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design, 11. The Future of Landscape Architecture