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Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture [Hardcover]

Virginia McLeod
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5 May 2008 Detail
Detailing makes a landscape unique, and a landscape architect outstanding. Featuring many of the world's most highly acclaimed landscape architects, the book presents 40 of the most recently completed and influential landscape designs.Each project is presented with color photographs, site plans, and sections as well as numerous construction details. There is also a brief descriptive text, detailed captions and in-depth information for each project. The projects are presented in clear and concise layouts over four pages. All the drawings are styled in the same consistent manner and presented at standard architectural scales for easy comparison. Intended for architects, engineers, and landscape architects, the book will also be invaluable for architecture, garden, and landscape design students, for whom it will be a resource not only for understanding the work of the best contemporary landscape architects, but also as a tool for their own design work.The featured architects by country include: Australia - Anton James Design, Donaldson + Warn Architects, Room 4.1.3 , Tract Consultants; Canada - Noel Harding and Neil Hadley; China - Turenscape and the Centre for Landscape Architecture; Cyprus - Margarita Danou and Sevina Floridou; Czech Republic - AP Atelier, Josef Pleskot; France - Edouard Francois, Mosbach Paysagistes; Germany - Barkow Leibinger Architects, Latz & Partners; Japan - Nikken Sekkei; Spain - Batlle i Roig, Enric Miralles i Benedetta Tagliabue, EMBT arquitectes; Sweden - FFNS Architects; Switzerland - Burckhardt and Partner, Gigon, Guyer, Schweingruber Zulauf Landschaftsarchitekten; The Netherlands - Atelier Kempe Thill, Bureau B + B, OKRA, West 8; UK - Camlin Lonsdale Landscape Architects, Foreign Office Architects, Grimshaw Architects, Gustafson Porter, and Patel Taylor Architects.The featured architects by country also include: USA - Abel Bainnson Butz, New York, NY, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Seattle, WA, Hargreaves Associates, Cambridge, MA, Keith Kaseman and Julie Beckman, Philadelphia, PA, Maya Lin, New York, NY, Office of Dan Kiley, Charlotte, VT, Peter Walker and Partners, Berkeley, CA, W Architecture + Landscape Architecture, New York, NY, and Wenk Associates, Inc, Denver, Colo.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; Har/Cdr edition (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856694984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856694988
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 25.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Virginia McLeod has worked for a number of private practices in London and was also the editor of The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in contemporary architecture. She is the author of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful resource for design details 27 Jun 2008
Detailing is difficult for young design professionals. College education does not cover enough detail design, the only ways to learn how to develop details are: 1) learn through working experience in design offices; 2) teach yourself by reading good books.

"Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture" can alleviate this problem. It is a book on design details, not construction details. It has color interior photos and sections and plans drawn to scale. It can help young design professionals to understand design details by comparing photos to drawings. It is also a good collection of details of 40 well-known projects, which can inspire you to develop your own design details.

If you want to really learn more about construction details, you can simply find a good set of construction drawings and reading it word-by-word from beginning to end, and try to understand it. You may need to read the set several times and seek answers from more experienced colleagues to completely understand it.

"Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture" has 192 pages. It is a useful resource for design details.

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Planting Design Illustrated," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Architectural Practice Simplified," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's in the detail 26 Nov 2008
This is a scholarly work on the importance of detail in landscape architecture design and drawing. The book features some of the most highly acclaimed architects and their work; claiming that it is the detail in their design and drawing that has made them the best. The author makes a study of emerging trends from 2001 to the present day found in landscape architecture.

Forty recently completed designs are highlighted. For each design there are various colour photographs taken at different angles and detailed drawings, specially commissioned for the book, which include elevation drawings. These are accompanied by construction details and a description. This lends a consistent style to the book.

The book is divided into four chapters relating to parks, cultural works, civic works and those on the waterfront. There are designs here that you will instantly recognise such as the famous biomes of The Eden Project and the landscaping of The Thames Barrier Park. Others will be less familiar but still very much of interest. Works have been chosen from around the world, from America to China. Each project, viewed in this way, is a revelation. In addition, there is a directory of details such as lawn, planting, facade or column and also a directory of the landscape architects included.

This book is intended for architects, engineers and landscape architects. It is also of interest to landscape gardeners. Those already working in these disciplines will find the book a useful reference; whilst students should find it an inspiration. As a garden designer I found the examples thought-provoking; the buildings of interest and the gardens, where shown, stimulating.

This beautifully-produced book could sit happily on many readers' shelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detail in Contempoary Landscape Architecture 16 May 2009
An excellent book for all students and professionals within the Landscape Industry. The lack of training in these skills means that one has to improve by using additional resources such as this book. I would highly recommend this book to any University or Practice as part of their library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 5 Nov 2008
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!

I previously bought Virginia McLeod's Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture and was equally as please with this. These are, simply, the best buy in architecture books that I've made. It shames other books that are of less quality and cost twice the price.

A great combination of details, images and texts of many contemporary projects all wrapped up inside a well bound harback book. Also including CAD files of the details on CD. This is an invaluable source of inspiration and technical reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 3 April 2013
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I like and find this book very usefull for architects. It seems to me a good buy for the people interested in architecture
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