New Books Network

Karen Holl, “Primer of Ecological Restoration” (Island Press, 2020)
The pace, intensity, and scale at which humans have altered our planet in recent decades is unprecedented. We have dramatically transformed landscapes and waterways through agriculture, logging, mining, and fire suppression, with drastic impacts on public health and human well-being. What can we do to counteract and even reverse the... Read More
Joseph S. Cialdella, “Motor City Green: A Century of Landscapes and Environmentalism in Detroit” (U of Pittsburg Press, 2020)
Joseph S. Cialdella’s Motor City Green: A Century of Landscapes and Environmentalism in Detroit (University of Pittsburg Press, 2020) is a history of green spaces in metropolitan Detroit from the late nineteenth- to early twenty-first century. The book focuses primarily on the history of gardens and parks in the city of... Read More
Hank Dittmar, “DIY City: The Collective Power of Small Actions” (Island Press, 2020)
Some utopian plans have shaped our cities —from England’s New Towns and Garden Cities to the Haussmann plan for Paris and the L’Enfant plan for Washington, DC. But these grand plans are the exception, and seldom turn out as envisioned by the utopian planner. Inviting city neighborhoods are more often... Read More
Laurie Olin, “Be Seated” (ORO Editions, 2017)
Today I talked to Laurie Olin about his book Be Seated (ORO Editions, 2017). Olin’s interest in public outdoor seating in parks and civic spaces revolves around two poles: the first is a concern for aspects of the ordinary in our settings and actions, the apparatus and effects of the quotidian... Read More
Laurie Olin, “France Sketchbook” (ORO Editions, 2020)
For centuries artists and designers have recorded places, people, and life in travel sketchbooks. Over a period of fifty years, Laurie Olin, one of America’s most distinguished landscape architects, has recorded aspects of France: its cities and countryside, streets and cafes, ancient ruins, vineyards, and parks—from humble to grand, things... Read More
Anne Godfrey, “Active Landscape Photography: Theoretical Groundwork for Landscape Architecture” (Routledge, 2020)
Photographs play a hugely influential but largely unexamined role in the practice of landscape architecture and design. Through a diverse set of essays and case studies, this seminal text unpacks the complex relationship between landscape architecture and photography. It explores the influence of photographic seeing on the design process by... Read More
Phoebe Lickwar and Roxi Thoren, “Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes” (Routledge, 2020)
Phoebe Lickwar and Roxi Thoren‘s book Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes (Routledge, 2020) situates agriculture as a design practice, using a wide range of international case studies and analytical essays to propose lessons for contemporary landscape architects who are interested in integrating agriculture into their designs. Agricultural processes, technologies,... Read More
Patrick Mooney, “Planting Design: Connecting People and Place” (Routledge, 2020)
Landscape designers have long understood the use of plants to provide beauty, aesthetic pleasure and visual stimulation while supporting a broad range of functional goals. However, the potential for plants in the landscape to elicit human involvement and provide mental stimulation and restoration is much less well understood. Patrick Mooney‘s... Read More
Simon Bell, “Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape” (Routledge, 2019)
Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape (Routledge, 2019) presents a vocabulary of visual design, structured in a logical and easy to follow sequence. It is profusely illustrated using both abstract and real examples taken from a wide range of international locations together with cross referencing between related principles and... Read More
Michael R. Boswell, “Climate Action Planning: A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities” (Island Press, 2019)
Climate Action Planning: A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities (Island Press, 2019) is designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop and implement plans to mitigate a community’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase the resilience of communities against climate change... Read More