I am determined to increase my knowledge of landscape history, and would be interested in other people's favorite books on the topic...Anything, just any aspect, any book you really love, would interest me - I am thinking of buying a $70.00 book written by two architects (Inventing the Garden) sold through the Getty, and don't know if it is worth the money..
I still reread parts of the textbook I had to get for my landscape history class. It's called Design on the Land by Norman Newton. It starts with ancient Egypt and goes all the way up to modern landscape architecture.
The only other history-type landscape architecturish books I have read are about the history and form of cities: The City Assembled and The City Shaped both by Spiro Kostof. They are both really great books, and if I had to pick a favorite of the three books I've mentioned, it would be The City Shaped. But based on what you said it sounds like Design on the Land would be the one you want.
Just got this one during my last trip up to from favorite bookshop, but you can order online from them. It nice and concise, as well as really cheap.
Wow ! I just read the review of that book from the link you provided. Seems like an incredible bargain for what it appears to contain. Thank you very much for that recommendation. Since this is about books, I can tell you about my experience with landscape architecture and urban planning books in China. The books, typically cover a really wide range of topics from recently built projects from China and greater Asia (of course) to multi-volume (2 to 3) books concentrating on actual plans for certain projects and significant construction details that go with each. All very impressive, lushly illustrated, and all in color. These guys will show up with a wheelbarrow full of those books and just roll into your office, uninvited and unannounced, expecting you will browse and buy. I have yet to do that for two reasons. 1) Most (not all) the books are in Chinese (surprise!) and 2) They are really expensive averaging $50.00 and up from there. I already have large library back in our country and do not need to weight myself down while I am here, but I will order the one you recommended here.
Thanks, guys! Good rec's..I will definitely be checking these books out.
I'm with Roland. I used Newton book while in school. Then there is Landscapes in History by Phillip Pregill, very costly but very good. And one more:
Garden History by Tom Turner , its about the design and philosophy from 2000 BC - 2000 AD
What I like about this book how its been arranged ; by highlighting on the same questions why , when, what and where of making gardens through history . Each chapter is devided into two parts , first explain the art and social effects of certain culture on creating its garden ,and second it shows examples of its styles the use and forms .
thanks, Amany! that book is On The List!
My fave is "The Garden an illustrated History" by Julia S. Berrall. Viking Press, NY.
it takes you from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to Thomas Church.....very nice pictures and narrative.
it's an oldie but a goodie.....
Two Great Books:
Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History
author: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment From PreHistory to the Present Day
author: Geoffrey Jellicoe and Susan Jellicoe
Plants in Garden History - written by Penelope Hobhouse
a few books on my shelf:
Title: The Poetics of Gardens
Author(s): Charles W. Moore, William J Mitchell, William Turnbull, Jr.
Publisher: The MIT Press
The Architecture of Western Gardens
Editors: Mosser and Teyssot
Publisher: MIT Press
The History of Gardens
Author: Christopher Thacker
Publisher: University of California Press
Landscape Design-A Cultural and Architectural History by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
This is also an expensive purchase ($75.00) although is well worth the price. The writing is wel done and interesting, the photos and plans are exceptional, and the content is well documented.