Ecology, Community And Delight: An Inquiry Into Values In Landscape Architecture by Ian ThompsonEcology, Community And Delight: An Inquiry Into Values In Landscape Architecture by Ian Thompson

Ecology, Community And Delight: An Inquiry Into Values In Landscape Architecture

byIan Thompson

Hardcover | January 31, 2000

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This book examines the three principal value systems which influence landscape architectural practice: the aesthetic, the social and the environmental, and seeks to discover the role that the profession should be playing now and for the future. The book integrates an investigation of historical sources with contemporary research into the beliefs and values of practitioners. The book raises questions such as: should landscape architecture aspire to the status of an art form? What is the relationship between aesthetics and ecology? Does landscape architecture have a social mission?
Title:Ecology, Community And Delight: An Inquiry Into Values In Landscape ArchitectureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.7 × 7.6 × 0.7 inPublished:January 31, 2000Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0419251502

ISBN - 13:9780419251507

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Natural Aesthetics. In Practice: Improving the View? Landscape Architecture as an Artform. In Practice but is it Art? The Social Value of Landscape Architecture. In Practice: Social Workers in Green Wellies? Environmental Ethics. In Practice: Saving the Planet? Tri-valent Design. Appendix: Practitioner Profiles.

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As we prepare to enter the 21st century, the field of landscape architecture is more important than ever and faces tougher questions than ever. In Ecology, Community and Delight: An Inquiry into Values in Landscape Architecture, Ian H. Thompson shows readers how important this field of study is in light of our uncertain environmental future. Thompson argues landscape architects must decide what their primary goal is—either making beautiful places, helping people or saving the planet from ecological disaster. Thompson provides suggestions for what the profession should be doing now and in the future.