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Designs on the Landscape

Preece, R. A.

ISBN 10: 1852931779 / ISBN 13: 9781852931773
Published by Belhaven Press, London, 1991
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Title: Designs on the Landscape

Publisher: Belhaven Press, London

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Paperback

Illustrator: Illustrated

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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This textbook explains the principles of landscape design for landscape architects and environmental managers, blending the theory of landscape aesthetics with the practice of "good" architectural design. It recognizes that visual and cultural aspects are intimately related to technical and functional matters and accordingly sets out to treat these as parts of the whole. It articulates a concern over insidious and incremental changes occurring in the visual environment through both development and management processes and advocates more thought about details as well as strategy. Early chapters are particularly concerned with why certain environments may be valued and delightful and discuss a possible aesthetic for a conservative-conscious society. Historical designs are analyzed with special emphasis on the relevance to contemporary design of the principles displayed. There are outlines of the philosophical problems of dealing with subjectivity and of the difficulties of evaluating incremental change. Later chapters deal with the main physical components of landscape but always within the context of design set out earlier. Most chapters include short case-studies based on everyday surroundings.

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