This book poses important philosophical questions about the aims, values and purposes of landscape architecture. The editors, highly regarded in their field, have drawn together a distinguished team of writers who provide unique individual perspectives on contemporary themes from a wide base of knowledge. Altogether, this key international study raises awareness of the landscape and encourages innovative ways of thinking about quality in design.
'An ideal starting point for an understanding of the contemporary debates about the role which public landscapes now play in people's lives … the photographs are very helpful, and give a flavour of contemporary design and masterplanning issues.' –Green Places
Foreword Alexander Garvin Introduction Sheila Harvey Part I: The Theoretical, Cultural, Philosophical Implications of Landscape 1. Landscape as a Way of Knowing the World Simon Swaffield 2. Music-Makers and the Dreamers of Dreams John Hopkins Part II: Design Context 3. Making Places Different Alan Tate 4. Designer, Client and User Martha Schwartz Part III: The Benefits of the Process and its Place in the Wider Environmental Agenda 5. Who Benefits from Landscape Architecture? Catharine Ward Thompson 6. The Environmental Agenda – A Personal View Merrick Denton-Thompson Part IV: The Search for a Creative Way Forward 7. The Future: Landscape Design in the 21st Century Peter Neal and John Hopkins