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THE COURSE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: A HISTORY OF OUR DESIGNS ON THE NATURAL WORLD, FROM PREHISTORY TO THE PRESENT. Christophe Girot. Thames and Hudson Inc., New York, 2016. 352 pp. with 692 ills. (527 col.). 31 x 26 cm. LC 2014-930117 ISBN 9780500342978 In English.
Publisher's description: In many ways the history of civilization is a history of humans' relationship with nature. Starting from the dual inclination to clear land for cultivation and to enclose space for protection the forest clearing and the walled garden there emerges a vital and multifaceted narrative that describes our cultural relationship to, and dependence on, the landscape. Christophe Girot sets out to chronicle this history, drawing on all aspects of mankind's creativity and ingenuity. In twelve chapters, he brings together the key stories that have shaped our manmade landscapes. Each chapter consists of a thematic essay that ties together the central developments, as well as a case study illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and meticulously detailed 3D recreations showing the featured site in its original context. The Course of Landscape Architecture will reach international students and professionals alike. But its wealth of visual material, the wide range of its cultural references and the beauty of the landscapes will attract the interest of all who desire to enrich their understanding of how landscapes have been formed, and how we relate to them.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), International (Western Style), Non-Western in Several Regions (Traditional) — Several Periods — Architecture, Landscape and Garden Design
Plans: 70,54
Worldwide Number: 161524
Hardcover $75.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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