A Landscape Manifesto


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Diana Balmori; Introduction by Michel Conan

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A timely new strategy for landscape design in urban environments

Diana Balmori, an innovative and influential landscape architect in the field of urban design, makes the case for landscape as an art in her timely and provocative manifesto. This book presents Balmori’s most complete vision yet of the theory and practice of urban landscape design as a discipline that combines the science of ecology with the formal aspects of aesthetics. Here, Balmori advocates a new formal language that reflects a philosophical shift in our traditional understanding of nature, along with “realignments” in how humans relate to nature and live in our world today, changes that will shape the livable city of the future.

A Landscape Manifesto includes discussions of urban ecology, environmental conservation, and environmentally beneficial building techniques. Projects by Balmori Associates, which include the Memphis Riverfront and a port area newly reclaimed by the Guggenheim Bilbao, illuminate Balmori’s innovations. Featuring an introduction by Michel Conan, one of landscape architecture’s most respected historians, Balmori’s book heralds a significant development in the literature of landscape architecture.

Diana Balmori is an internationally recognized landscape and urban designer. She teaches at the Yale University School of Architecture and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She lives in New York. Michel Conan is director of the Garden and Landscape Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, D.C.

"Offers contemplative thoughts on ecological relationships across the broad expanse of ecological time. . . . The gift of A Landscape Manifesto is its invitation to reflect on our cities, cultures, and our understanding of nature as well as the cracks, holes, and protrusions through which a new landscape might emerge."—Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Constructs

“She calls it a ‘manifesto’ but Diana Balmori’s book is so much more – a history of landscape, a study of attitudes toward nature, a monograph, and a call to arms with a very radical battle plan.”—The Architect’s Newspaper

ISBN: 9780300156584
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
272 pages, 10 3/4 x 9 1/2
18 b/w + 215 color illus.
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