Landscape Architecture: A Very Short Introduction by Ian ThompsonLandscape Architecture: A Very Short Introduction by Ian Thompson

Landscape Architecture: A Very Short Introduction

byIan Thompson

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Landscape architecture plays an important role in shaping the places in which we live and work. But what is it? Landscape architects are involved, amongst other things, in the layout of business parks, the reclamation of derelict industrial sites, the restoration of historic city parks, andthe siting and design of major pieces of infrastructure such as motorways, dams, power stations, and flood defences, as well as the planning of parks and gardens. Taking a historical perspective, Ian Thompson looks at both the roots of landscape architecture and the people that established it. This Very Short Introduction explores some of the misconceptions about landscape architecture and considers the discipline's origins in landscape gardening. Thompson takes a look at a number of areas, including the influence of Modernism, the difference between landscape design and landscapeplanning, and the way that planning legislation has driven the growth of the discipline. He also explores contemporary environmentalism, the debate as to whether landscape architecture is an art or a science, landscape architecture in the community, post-industrial projects, and its relationshipwith ecological urbanism.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Ian Thompson is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Reader in Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. He worked as a landscape architect from 1979 to 1992, mostly on work related to environmental improvement, derelict land reclamation and urban renewal, before taking up a le...
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Title:Landscape Architecture: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:April 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199681201

ISBN - 13:9780199681204

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Table of Contents

1. Misconceptions and Origins2. Place-making and Improvement3. America and the Turn to Modernism4. The Invisible Hand versus the Grand Gesture5. Use and Beauty6. Professional Environmentalists7. Landscape Architecture as Art8. Social Workers in Green Wellingtons9. Under the Carpet10. Landscape and UrbanismFurther reading