A hugely ambitious overview of human intervention on the landscape, from ancient times to the most contemporary manifestations – the first new significant narrative to be published in over a generation. Christophe Girot is Chair of Landscape Architecture in the Department of Architecture of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), and former Chair of the Department of Landscape Design at the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versailles.
c. 670 illustrations 30.0 x 25.0cm 352pp ISBN 978 0 500 342978 May £45.00
The Course of Landscape Architecture A History of our Designs on the Natural World, from Prehistory to the Present Christophe Girot In many ways the history of civilization is a history of our relationship with nature and our environment. The Course of Landscape Architecture sets out to chronicle this intimate connection, drawing on all aspects of mankind’s creativity and ingenuity to bring together the key stories that have shaped our manmade landscapes. In twelve chapters arranged chronologically, taking in agriculture and archaeology, art and architecture, religion, cultural and design history, and technology, Christophe Girot, an acclaimed expert in the field, skilfully weaves together the subject’s many strands. With hundreds of photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, plans, diagrams and specially produced 3D reconstructions, the book presents a huge range of landscapes and projects. Case studies drawn from across the planet – from the Avebury stone circle in England to the Renaissance Villa Lante in Italy, from the walled garden of Bagh-i Fin in Iran to landscaping an artificial mound at Sigirino, Ticino in Switzerland – provide iconic examples of key moments in this story. Chronologically and thematically comprehensive, The Course of Landscape Architecture will be essential reading for students and professionals working in the built world.