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The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): James Stevens Curl, Susan Wilson The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
James Stevens Curl, Susan Wilson
R284 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R21 (7%) Ships in 6 - 10 work days

Containing over 6,000 entries from Aalto to Zwinger and written in a clear and concise style, this authoritative dictionary covers architectural history in detail, from ancient times to the present day. It also includes concise biographies of hundreds of architects from history (excluding living persons), from Sir Francis Bacon and Imhotep to Liang Ssu-ch'eng and Francis Inigo Thomas. The text is complemented by over 260 beautiful and meticulous line drawings, labelled cross-sections, and diagrams. These include precise drawings of typical building features, making it easy for readers to identify particular period styles. This third edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture has been extensively revised and expanded, with over 900 new entries including hundreds of definitions of garden and landscape terms such as Baroque garden, floral clock, hortus conclusus, and Zen garden-design. Each entry is followed by a mini-bibliography, with suggestions for further reading. With clear descriptions providing in-depth analysis, it is invaluable for students, professional architects, art historians, and anyone interested in architecture and garden design, and provides a fascinating wealth of information for the general reader.

Follies - Fabulous, fanciful and frivolous buildings (Hardcover): Gwyn Headley Follies - Fabulous, fanciful and frivolous buildings (Hardcover)
Gwyn Headley
R246 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Britain's countryside is liberally sprinkled with follies - eccentric, original buildings built for fun by landowners and aristocrats over the centuries. They include prospect towers, ornamental temples, rustic hermits' cottages, faux-prehistoric stone circles, and some buildings that don't seem to have had any purpose at all. In this fascinating and stylish book, folly expert Gwyn Headley brings together some of the most beautiful and intriguing follies cared for by the National Trust, from the craggy fake ruin at Mow Cop in Cheshire to the elegant buildings created by Henry Hoare for his great landscape garden at Stourhead. He also introduces some very extraordinary characters, such as Frederick Hervey, the 'Earl-Bishop', who had an obsession with women, volcanoes and rotundas, and Sir Thomas Tresham, whose fervent Catholicism inspired him to create the extraordinary Lyveden New Bield, an unfinished building suffused with religious symbolism. Fully illustrated with exquisite images of these remarkable buildings, this insightful book will inspire the folly-hunter in us all.

Urban and Industrial Water Conservation Methods (Hardcover): Abbas Yari, Saeid Eslamian, Faezeh Eslamian Urban and Industrial Water Conservation Methods (Hardcover)
Abbas Yari, Saeid Eslamian, Faezeh Eslamian
R1,972 Discovery Miles 19 720 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Urban and Industrial Water Conservation Methods provides comprehensive and practical information regarding water use for various different sectors and describes the most suitable conservation devices and techniques to reduce water consumption in urban environments. It demonstrates how these conservation devices and best practices can greatly and quickly increase the efficiency of water use in both new and existing buildings. Features: Examines conservation devices and techniques across residential, commercial, and institutional sectors. Provides practical advice on implementing water conservation methods for users across various industries. Explains how to quickly improve water efficiency by using cost-effective water-saving devices and techniques. Includes relevant international case studies to reinforce the content. Written by practicing water conservation consultants for a wide audience, including municipality authorities and decision-makers, researchers, and students alike, Urban and Industrial Water Conservation Methods applies to residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial end users.

Humphry Repton - Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England (Hardcover, New): Stephen Daniels Humphry Repton - Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England (Hardcover, New)
Stephen Daniels
R1,328 Discovery Miles 13 280 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The leading landscape gardener of later Georgian England, Humphry Repton (1752-1818), was innovative and prolific, undertaking more than four hundred commissions during his thirty-year career. Repton worked for a wide variety of clients, notably the dukes of Portland and Bedford, and on many kinds of sites throughout England. He also promoted his profession in extensive writings about the theory and practice of landscape gardening. This book examines Repton's career and work in the context of the changing human geography of his time. Fully illustrated with many previously unpublished pictures, the book charts Repton's vision of England, how his style changed and persisted over time and from place to place, how he influenced his profession, and how he fashioned a social identity for himself.

Stephen Daniels frames Repton's life and work in terms of five domains: the road, the county, the picturesque landscape, the aristocratic estate, and the urban periphery. Focusing on the way these domains shaped Repton's career and how he in turn attempted to shape them, Daniels examines in depth more than twenty representative commissions that delineate Repton's social and spatial theory of landscape. The author casts new light not only on the work of Humphry Repton but also on the role of landscape itself in English culture and society.

Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden (Paperback): Laura Mayer Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden (Paperback)
Laura Mayer
R235 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-83) has become synonymous with the eighteenth-century English landscape garden. Ruthlessly efficient, he could stake out the 'capabilities' of a particular terrain within an hour on horseback. Rising to the position of Master Gardener to George III, his trademark features included bald lawns, clumped trees, lakes and enclosing belts of woodland on the estate's perimeter, setting a park formula that lasted well into the next century. Laura Mayer presents a concise and colourful introduction to Brown and other leading landscape gardeners of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, such as William Kent, Richard Payne Knight and Humphry Repton. She explores how competing ideas in garden design were shaped both by changes in prevailing fashion and by the innovations of particular designers, and why Brown's designs are currently considered to be the epitome of landscape gardening in this period.

Beautiful Landscape Adults Coloring Book - An Advanced Adult Coloring Book of 50 Realistic Landscapes to Relax and Relieve... Beautiful Landscape Adults Coloring Book - An Advanced Adult Coloring Book of 50 Realistic Landscapes to Relax and Relieve stress Mountain Landscapes, lake landscapes Vol-1 (Paperback)
Anita Wallis
R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing (Paperback): Christopher T. Boyko, Rachel. Cooper, Nick Dunn Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing (Paperback)
Christopher T. Boyko, Rachel. Cooper, Nick Dunn
R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing draws on original research that brings together dimensions of cities we know have a bearing on our health and wellbeing - including transportation, housing, energy, and foodways - and illustrates the role of design in delivering cities in the future that can enhance our health and wellbeing. It aims to demonstrate that cities are a complex interplay of these various dimensions that both shape and are shaped by existing and emerging city structures, governance, design, and planning. Explaining how to consider these interconnecting dimensions in the way in which professionals and citizens think about and design the city for future generations' health and wellbeing, therefore, is key. The chapters draw on UK case and research examples and make comparison to international cities and examples. This book will be of great interest to researchers and students in planning, public policy, public health, and design.

Beauty of the Wild - A Life Designing Landscapes Inspired by Nature (Book): Darrel Morrison Beauty of the Wild - A Life Designing Landscapes Inspired by Nature (Book)
Darrel Morrison
R829 R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Save R155 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Roadside Use of Native Plants (Paperback, 2nd Ed.): Bonnie Harper-Lore, Maggie Wilson Roadside Use of Native Plants (Paperback, 2nd Ed.)
Bonnie Harper-Lore, Maggie Wilson
R1,452 R1,315 Discovery Miles 13 150 Save R137 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Originally published by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Natural Environment to promote the planting and care of native plants along highway rights-of-way, this unique handbook provides managers of roadsides and adjacent lands with the information and background they need to make site-specific decisions about what kinds of native plants to use, and addresses basic techniques and misconceptions about using native plants. It brings together in a single volume a vast array of detailed information that has, until now, been scattered and difficult to find. The book opens with eighteen short essays on principles of ecological restoration and management from leading experts in the field including Reed F. Noss, J. Baird Callicott, Peggy Olwell, and Evelyn Howell. Following that is the heart of the book, more than 500 pages of comprehensive state-by-state listings that offer: - a colour map for each state with natural vegetations zones clearly marked - comprehensive lists of native plants, broken down by type of plant (grasses, forbs, trees, etc.) and including both scientific and common names, with each list having been verified for completeness and accuracy by the state's natural heritage program - contact names, addresses, and phone numbers for obtaining current information on invasive and noxious species to be avoided - resources for more information, including contact names and addresses for local experts in each state - The appendix adds definitions, bibliography, and policy citations to clarity any debates about the purpose and the direction of the use of native plants on roadsides. Roadside Use of Native Plants is a one-of-a-kind reference whose utility extends far beyond the roadside, offering a toolbox for a new aesthetic that can be applied to all kinds of public and private land. It can help lead the way to a cost-effective ecological approach to managing human-designed landscapes, and is an essential book for anyone interested in establishing or restoring native vegetation.

From Concept to Form in Landscape Design (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Grant W. Reid From Concept to Form in Landscape Design (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Grant W. Reid
R1,500 Discovery Miles 15 000 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

One of the most difficult tasks for a designer is to translate concepts into specific and detailed organizations of space. From Concept to Form in Landscape Design, Second Edition provides vital, functional techniques that make the transformation easier and more effective. This perceptive resource examines both traditional and nontraditional methods of landscape design, providing the conceptual and philosophical foundations for ideas and their visual expression.
The revised and expanded Second Edition includes:
A new chapter dealing with the creative thought process for generating ideas
Precise case studies showing sequential form evolution
Hundreds of detailed photographs to assist in visualizing various techniques
Inspiring images from nature for naturalistic form development
Atypical design examples as impetus for innovation
Accompanying web site with projects for classroom students and self-learners alike
From Concept to Form in Landscape Design, Second Edition presents the landscape transformation process in a highly visual manner, creating both a vivid learning experience for students and a useful toolbox for working designers. Replete with compelling, valuable, and accessible insights for designing outdoor spaces, Reid's book is an ideal blend of inspiration and application.

Illustrated History of Landscape Design (Paperback): Elizabeth Boults, Chip Sullivan Illustrated History of Landscape Design (Paperback)
Elizabeth Boults, Chip Sullivan
R1,333 Discovery Miles 13 330 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A visual journey through the history of landscape design

For thousands of years, people have altered the meaning of space by reshaping nature. As an art form, these architectural landscape creations are stamped with societal imprints unique to their environment and place in time.

"Illustrated History of Landscape Design" takes an optical sweep of the iconic landscapes constructed throughout the ages. Organized by century and geographic region, this highly visual reference uses hundreds of masterful pen-and-ink drawings to show how historical context and cultural connections can illuminate today's design possibilities.

This guide includes:

Storyboards, case studies, and visual narratives to portray spaces

Plan, section, and elevation drawings of key spaces

Summaries of design concepts, principles, and vocabularies

Historic and contemporary works of art that illuminate a specific era

Descriptions of how the landscape has been shaped over time in response to human need

Directing both students and practitioners along a visually stimulating timeline, "Illustrated History of Landscape Design" is a valuable educational tool as well as an endless source ofinspiration.

New Towns for Old (Book): John Nolen New Towns for Old (Book)
John Nolen; Introduction by Charles D. Warren
R543 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R84 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Richmond Park - From Medieval Pasture to Royal Park (Paperback): Paul Rabbitts Richmond Park - From Medieval Pasture to Royal Park (Paperback)
Paul Rabbitts
R262 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R45 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London, covering an area of 2,500 acres. From its heights there is an uninterrupted view of St Paul's Cathedral, 12 miles away. The royal connections to this park probably go back further than any of the others, beginning with Edward I in the thirteenth century, when the area was known as the Manor of Sheen. The name was changed to Richmond during Henry VII's reign. In 1625 Charles I brought his court to Richmond Palace to escape the plague in London and turned it into a park for red and fallow deer. His decision, in 1637, to enclose the land was not popular with the local residents, but he did allow pedestrians the right of way. To this day the walls remain. In 1847 Pembroke Lodge became the home of the then Prime Minister, Lord John Russell, and was later the childhood home of his grandson, Bertrand Russell. However, Richmond Park emerges from its historical record as a place that has seen many changes in fabric and detail and yet remains the embodiment of a medieval deer park. It is a palimpsest, retaining subtle clues to each period in its history.

The Planthunter (Hardcover): Georgina Reid The Planthunter (Hardcover)
Georgina Reid; Photographs by Daniel Shipp
R875 R730 Discovery Miles 7 300 Save R145 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

An Avant Garde(ning) Book From street gardens in Los Angeles to grand country estates in Australia, The Planthunter is a visceral and immersive exploration of the exceptional and ordinary ways people around the world find purpose and connection through the act of gardening. All the featured gardeners are committed to the cultivation of the earth and the human spirit. They're landscape architects, artists, garden designers, plant collectors, wanderers, big thinkers, florists, and writers. The Planthunter is for the plant curious, the plant killer, the plant lover, and everyone in between. Jam-packed with soulful stories and hundreds of eye-opening photographs, this must-read will inspire contemplation, curiosity, care, and action.

Gardens in the Modern Landscape - A Facsimile of the Revised 1948 Edition (Paperback, A Facsimile of the Revised 1948 Edition):... Gardens in the Modern Landscape - A Facsimile of the Revised 1948 Edition (Paperback, A Facsimile of the Revised 1948 Edition)
Christopher Tunnard; Foreword by John Dixon Hunt
R822 R708 Discovery Miles 7 080 Save R114 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Between 1937 and 1938, garden designer Christopher Tunnard published a series of articles in the British Architectural Review that rejected the prevailing English landscape style. Inspired by the principles of Modernist art and Japanese aesthetics, Tunnard called for a "new technique" in garden design that emphasized an integration of form and purpose. "The functional garden avoids the extremes both of the sentimental expressionism of the wild garden and the intellectual classicism of the 'formal' garden," he wrote; "it embodies rather a spirit of rationalism and through an aesthetic and practical ordering of its units provides a friendly and hospitable milieu for rest and recreation." Tunnard's magazine pieces were republished in book form as Gardens in the Modern Landscape in 1938, and a revised second edition was issued a decade later. Taken together, these articles constituted a manifesto for the modern garden, its influence evident in the work of such figures as Lawrence Halprin, Philip Johnson, and Edward Larrabee Barnes. Long out of print, the book is here reissued in a facsimile of the 1948 edition, accompanied by a contextualizing foreword by John Dixon Hunt. Gardens in the Modern Landscape heralded a sea change in the evolution of twentieth-century design, and it also anticipated questions of urban sprawl, historic preservation, and the dynamic between the natural and built environments. Available once more to students, practitioners, and connoisseurs, it stands as a historical document and an invitation to continued innovative thought about landscape architecture.

Gardens Are For People, Third edition (Paperback, 3rd edition): Thomas D. Church, Grace Hall, Michael Laurie Gardens Are For People, Third edition (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Thomas D. Church, Grace Hall, Michael Laurie
R1,010 R797 Discovery Miles 7 970 Save R213 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This text contains the essence of Thomas Church's design philosophy, as well as practical advice. It is illustrated by site plans and photographs of some of the 2000 gardens that Church designed during his career.;Called "the last great traditional designer and the first great modern designer", Church was one of the central figures in the development of the modern Californian garden. For the first time, West Coast designers based their work not on imitation of East Coast traditions, but on climatic, landscape and lifestyle characteristics unique to California and the West. Church viewed the garden as a logical extension of the house, with one extending naturally into the other.

Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes (Paperback): Robin Lynn, Francis Morrone Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes (Paperback)
Robin Lynn, Francis Morrone; Photographs by Edward A. Toran; Foreword by Pete Hamill
R603 Discovery Miles 6 030 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The thirty-eight urban gems covered here range from newly created linear spaces along the water's edge, such as Brooklyn Bridge Park and the East River Waterfront Esplanade, to revitalized squares and circles, such as those at Gansevoort Plaza in the Meatpacking District and Columbus Circle, to repurposed open spaces like the freight tracks, now the High Line, and Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx. Readers can discover midtown atriums, mingle with the crowds in Union Square, travel offshore to nearby Governors Island, and enjoy the vistas of historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Pete Hamill writes in his foreword, "I've . . . made a list of new places I must visit while there is time. With any luck at all, I'll see all of them. I hope you, the reader, can find the time too." Concise descriptions, helpful maps, and vivid photographs capture the New York urban scene.

Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management (Hardcover, 5th Edition): Nick E Christians, Aaron J. Patton, Quincy D. Law Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management (Hardcover, 5th Edition)
Nick E Christians, Aaron J. Patton, Quincy D. Law
R2,704 Discovery Miles 27 040 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The classic turfgrass management handbook, updated with new developments in the field Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management is the bestselling guide with expert coverage of basic turfgrass science and all aspects of practical care. Now in its fifth edition, this industry favorite offers the latest information on growth, nutrition, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, as well as new chapters discussing shade stress and light requirements and the benefits of turf. Though written at an introductory level, this book provides experienced turf managers with the most current thinking and new developments in wide range of topics, such as fertilization, grass selection, pest management, plant growth regulators, sports turf management practices, soil testing, and water quality. For students and experienced professionals alike, this book provides a thorough and well-rounded reference with everyday utility. Today s turf managers must have detailed knowledge of agronomy, botany, entomology, horticulture, pathology, and business management. This book brings these diverse fundamentals together into a single volume and will help you to: * Master the art and science of turfgrass care, cultivation, and management * Learn best practices for mowing, fertilizing, soil health, irrigation, and more * Identify, manage, and control insect, disease, and weed pests * Examine the professional management of sports turf, golf courses, lawns, and sod Turf management is a $70 billion industry that reaches into sports, tourism, land management, real estate, and more. The care and maintenance of high quality turf requires careful consideration and monitoring of many variables, and both strategic planning and quick action are needed to stay ahead of threats from weather, pests, traffic, and more. Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management provides clear guidance and comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the industry, with the latest information all turf managers need to know.

New Approaches to Spatial Planning and Design - Planning, Design, Applications (Paperback, New edition): Murat OEzyavuz New Approaches to Spatial Planning and Design - Planning, Design, Applications (Paperback, New edition)
Murat OEzyavuz
R1,371 Discovery Miles 13 710 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

One of the main objectives of planning and design is the reflection of the works to the space. Therefore, the starting point of this book is to reveal the research conducted by different professions in the field of spatial planning and design. For this purpose, original researches on direct application and land were included. Planning and design studies need co-operation between professions in order to fulfill this philosophy. These activities are effective means of fulfilling the philosophy of sustainability. Planning and design is a tool to tell the story of a community, and how it's past, present and future work together for a sustainable tomorrow. The design process in which the most appropriate spatial compositions are revealed by shaping the areas in the direction of planning decisions, develops in the continuation of the planning process. This book is for landscape architects and other planning and design professions. Theoretical foundations, theories, methods, and applications will be essential parts of this reference book. In addition, this book addresses several very different subjects of study; landscape management, biodiversity, landscape restoration, landscape design, urban design, urban planning and architectural design related to theory, practice and the results will be covered.

Landscape Architect's Pocket Book (Paperback, 3rd New edition): Siobhan Vernon, Susan Irwine, Jo Anna Patton, Neil Chapman Landscape Architect's Pocket Book (Paperback, 3rd New edition)
Siobhan Vernon, Susan Irwine, Jo Anna Patton, Neil Chapman
R720 Discovery Miles 7 200 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

This third edition of the bestselling Landscape Architect's Pocket Book, written by leading practitioners, incorporates updates and revisions to environmental and building regulations, contracts, and a range of design guidelines including materials, SuDS, environmental impact, and landscape character assessment. The book is an indispensable tool for all landscape architects, providing a timesaving guide and first point of reference to everyday topics, both out on site and in the office. The pocket book covers all major subjects, including hard and soft landscaping, national guidelines and standards, and key planning policy and legislation. Providing concise, easy-to-read reference material, useful calculations, and instant access to a wide range of topics, it is an essential resource for landscape architects, construction industry professionals, and students.

Paradise Found - Exceptional Homes in Extraordinary Places (Hardcover): Graham Woods, Alma Viviers, Jessica Ross Paradise Found - Exceptional Homes in Extraordinary Places (Hardcover)
Graham Woods, Alma Viviers, Jessica Ross
R2,043 R1,610 Discovery Miles 16 100 Save R433 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This title features a stunning array of residential design, from a simple cottage on a remote island to a luxurious home set in a spectacular landscape. The private homes featured in Paradise Found boast a rich variety of different architecture and interior styles, but they all share a similar spirit. Fusing traditional European design with Asian, African, and Caribbean influences, the resulting unique homes reflect a keen sense of style. Featuring full colour photography, Paradise Found visits a selection of glorious houses and hideaways that are guaranteed to enchant and inspire.

Utopian Trace (Paperback): Peter Lamborn Wilson Utopian Trace (Paperback)
Peter Lamborn Wilson
R321 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R52 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Landscape Appreciation - Theoories since the Cultural Turn (Paperback): Landscape Appreciation - Theoories since the Cultural Turn (Paperback)
R1,295 R1,121 Discovery Miles 11 210 Save R174 (13%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Explanations for what makes one landscape scene preferred over another - formalistic, cultural and ecological - continue to be generated by landscape architects and land managers, philosophers and psychologists.This is needed for planning in the countryside and the protection of natural scenery, yet agreement still eludes us. This book does not favour any particular theory, but critiques the many theories seen over the last half-century. It informs readers of the main lines of argument so that they can make up their own minds. Part one, on post-war aesthetics, examines ideas about the unconscious, holism, overarching 'metanarratives', and the search for objectivity. Part two describes the consequences on the 'cultural turn' in that period, giving rise to new theories taking the human as reference. Cultural geography, cultural landscapes, changes in methods of assessment and some new ideas on landscape design are set in this context. Ecocentrism proposed a very different approach. The final part looks into the philosophical input, expanding upon 'environmental aesthetics'. It concludes with a more down-to-earth analysis of 'satisfactions' from immediate formal qualities, the sublime, meanings, and beauty. The balanced, didactic approach taken will make this a standard text for all those in teaching and in landscape practice.

La Foce - A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany (Hardcover): Benedetta Origo, Morna Livingston, Laurie Olin, John Dixon Hunt La Foce - A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany (Hardcover)
Benedetta Origo, Morna Livingston, Laurie Olin, John Dixon Hunt
R1,595 R1,297 Discovery Miles 12 970 Save R298 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The gardens and estate of La Foce constitute one of the most important and best kept early twentieth-century gardens in Italy. Amid 3,500 acres of farmland in the countryside near Pienza, with sweeping views of the Tuscan landscape, La Foce was the childhood dream garden of the late writer Marchesa Iris Origo. Passionate about the order and symmetry of Florentine gardens, Origo and her husband, Antonio, purchased the dilapidated villa in 1924, soliciting the help of English architect and family friend Cecil Pinsent to reawaken the natural magic of the property. Pinsent designed the structure of simple, elegant, box-edged beds and green enclosures that give shape to the Origos' shrubs, perennials, and vines, and created a garden of soaring cypress walks, native cyclamen, lawns, and wildflower meadows. It is, by all accounts, a remarkable achievement.Today the garden is a place of unusual and striking beauty, a green oasis in the barren Siena countryside. Situated in the Val d'Orcia, a wide valley in southeastern Tuscany that seems to exist on a larger, wilder scale than the rest of the Tuscan landscape, it is run by Benedetta and Donata Origo, and is open to the public one day a week."La Foce: A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany" is a contemplative, multifaceted study of the house, gardens, and estate of La Foce. It includes a historical essay and memoir by the daughter of La Foce's creators, Antonio and Iris Origo, along with photographs, sketches, and a critical analysis of the gardens. The volume not only focuses on the beauty of the gardens themselves and their indisputable merit as fascinating works of landscape architecture but also sees them within the context of both the larger Tuscan topography and the wider landscape of geography and history. The book will be a delight to armchair travelers, trade and landscape architects, gardeners, and those interested in Tuscan culture.

A Description of the New York Central Park (Hardcover): Clarence C Cook A Description of the New York Central Park (Hardcover)
Clarence C Cook; Introduction by Maureen Meister
R550 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R84 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

A new facsimile edition of a classic work on New York's architectural masterpiece-Central Park Central Park receives millions of visitors every year, tourists and locals alike. A Description of the New York Central Park, published in 1869, is recognized today as the most important book about the park to appear during its early years. The lively, often wry, text was written by Clarence C. Cook, a distinguished Victorian art critic, while the illustrations were drawn by the popular Albert Fitch Bellows. The author and artist examine many sites in the park that survive to this day as well as features that have vanished over time. In a new Introduction, Maureen Meister reveals how the book came about. In the mid-1860s, the park's designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, were battling to defend their plan. Of greatest concern was a proposal to build ornate entrances, suggestive of French imperialism. If realized, the gates would have undermined the park's natural and democratic image. At the same time, the park was threatened by a proliferation of monuments. Meister tells how Olmsted and Vaux advised Cook on what he wrote, and she has found evidence to suggest that they initiated the book's publication. This book is their book. While the original volume offers much to delight the modern reader, Meister's Introduction sheds light on how the book served a greater purpose. It was published to champion Olmsted and Vaux and to advocate for their vision-a dream for a magnificent public park that has come to be regarded as New York City's achievement and a model for the nation.

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