Essential Reads

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    Tandin Wangmo
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    Hi all, I would very much appreciate your recommendations on books that are important and supplementary for the study of landscape architecture. Thank you.

    #176759

    Deborah Christman
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    These are a good foundation:

    Death and Life…by Jacobs
    Kevin Lynch
    Ian McHarg
    The Art of Landscaping Detail by Kirkwood
    Great Streets

    Of course all the picture books of ideas help the creative juices. Can never seem to get enough of those.

    #176758

    Tandin Wangmo
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    Thanks Deborah! 🙂

    #176757

    Jay Everett
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    Great topic Tandin,
    Here’s some supplements that I have enjoyed reading so far:

    Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape
    (James Howard Kunstler)
    Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
    (McDonough and Braungart)
    Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture
    Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency
    (Mockbee / Moos / Trechsel, Andrea O. Dean )
    A Sand County Almanac
    (Aldo Leopold)
    A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century
    (Witold Rybczynski)
    Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America’s First National Park
    (Alston Chase)

    (Ha, it appears I really like reading books that have two titles, didn’t realize that until just now)

    Magazines I like to read that often have articles related to LA and Planning:
    Metropolis
    Dwell
    Popular Science

    #176756

    Andrew Spiering
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    Wow. There are some great recommendations here… It looks like I have some books to add to the Bookstore!

    #176755

    Tandin Wangmo
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    Thank you all so very much! I love Land8Lounge!!!

    #176754

    Richard M Sweeney
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    When your getting ready for proffesional practice (ready set practice by Bruce Sharky) is wonderfully informative book. It also works great when studying for section A of the LARE

    #176753

    bak
    Participant

    The Language of Landscape by Anne Whiston Spirn is a great book worth looking into as well.

    #176752

    Nick Phillips
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    i second the Jellicoe book, great illustrations and simple to read.
    S. Kostof for Architecture history from the dawn of time to now.
    many others I can’t recall i like pictures more these days.

    #176751

    Pok Kobkongsanti
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    I do like Pete Walker’s Invisible Garden.
    A bit of history though…..

    #176750

    Tandin Wangmo
    Participant

    this is a great list! thanks everyone!

    #176749

    Ryland Fox
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    Anything by:
    Bill Hillier
    or
    Nikos Salingaros

    #176748

    “The Timeless Way of Building” by Christopher Alexander

    Can you be more specific as to what part of Landscape Architecture you are focusing on?

    #176747

    Rico Flor
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    Add to your readings articles by John Brinkerhoff Jackson…great commentary on Social Geography (as a layer in the landscape)…
    Topophilia by Yi Fu Tuan.
    One of my favorites, Ecological Landscape Planning and Design: The Mediterannean Context by Jala Makhzoumi and Gloria Pungetti
    Any article by Jan Gehl, the Kaplans (for environmental psychology/man-environment studies)…
    Also an old architecture favorite that is actually useful in any discipline: Hidden Dimensions by Edward T. Hall
    For the sheer pleasure of it, try Site Perspectives by L. Azeo Torre

    My personal wish list to read…Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander…books by Clare Cooper Marcus…yes, the Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold has been recommended, nice to have that in my pile…and Walden Pond by Thoreau for that matter…

    Life’s just too short….

    #176746

    Geoffrey Katz
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    Poetics of Gardens. Moore, Mitchell, and Turnbull. MIT Press 1988

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