The Language of Landscape

The Language of Landscape

Author: Anne Whiston Spirn

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300082940

Category: Architecture

Page: 342

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This eloquent and powerful book combines poetry and pragmatism to teach the language of landscape. Anne Whiston Spirn, author of the award-winning The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design, argues that the language of landscape exists with its own syntax, grammar, and metaphors, and that we imperil ourselves by failing to learn to read and speak this language. To understand the meanings of landscape, our habitat, is to see the world differently and to enable ourselves to avoid profound aesthetic and environmental mistakes. Offering examples that range across thousands of years and five continents, Spirn examines urban, rural, and natural landscapes. She discusses the thought of renowned landscape authors--Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted, Lawrence Halprin--and of less well known pioneers, including Australian architect Glenn Murcutt and Danish landscape artist C. Th. Sørensen. She discusses instances of great landscape designers using landscape fluently, masterfully, and sometimes cynically. And, in a probing analysis of the many meanings of landscape, Spirn shows how one person's ideal landscape may be another's nightmare, how Utopian landscapes can be dark. There is danger when we lose the connection between a place and our understanding of it, Spirn warns, and she calls for change in the way we shape our environment, based on the notions of nature as a set of ideas and landscape as the expression of action and ideas in place.
The Language of Landscape
Language: en
Pages: 342
Authors: Anne Whiston Spirn
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998-01-01 - Publisher: Yale University Press

This eloquent and powerful book combines poetry and pragmatism to teach the language of landscape. Anne Whiston Spirn, author of the award-winning The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design, argues that the language of landscape exists with its own syntax, grammar, and metaphors, and that we imperil ourselves by
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Pages: 284
Authors: Simon Swaffield
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-11-22 - Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

Basic theoretical texts for landscape architects.
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Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: John Barrell
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1972-03-09 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 322
Authors: Elizabeth A. Bohls
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995-10-19 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Liz Bellamy
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-25 - Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

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