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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd (18 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711222169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711222168
  • Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 25.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,213,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Jencks divides his time between lecturing, writing, and designing in the USA, the UK, and Europe. He is the author of the best-selling The Language of Post-Modern Architecture(re-issued as The New Paradigm in Architecture, 2002). He has also written numerous other books on contemporary arts and building, including What is Post-Modernism? (fourth edition, 1995) and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe (second edition, 1997). His celebrated garden in Scotland is the subject of his book The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Frances Lincoln, 2003) and in 2004 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums for his design, Landform Ueda. Landform projects have also been completed in Europe, and his current concern is working with Cern on an iconographic and green project. He is the author of The Iconic Building, the Power of Enigma, (Frances Lincoln, 2005), Critical Modernism, (Wiley 2007), and The Architecture of Hope with Edwin Heathcote, on Maggie Centres (Published by Frances Lincoln 2010). The Story of Post-Modernism, Five Decades of Ironic, Iconic and Critical Architecture (Wiley, 2011) brings this resurgent tradition up to date while his recent landscape work is summarised in The Universe in the Landscape (Frances Lincoln, 2011).

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... a fascinating read, esoteric and enjoyable. It expounds the process involved in serious design - rare in garden books ... essential for anyone considering making a garden, or indeed any creative work (Christopher Bradley-Hole Gardens Illustrated)

As a brave and thoughtful experiment in the study of nature in all its aspects, both book and garden are well worth lingering over (New Scientist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charles Jencks is the author of several best-selling books on architecture. He divides his time between lecturing, writing and designing in the USA, in the UK and in Europe.

To visit Charles Jencks' website click here --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Louise S. Beer on 13 Feb. 2009
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This book is possibly one of the most interesting and visually stimulating I have ever had the enormous pleasure to read. I cannot express the true profoundness of the work of Charles Jencks.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation tells the story of one of the most important gardens of the 21st century, it has been viewed as a unique response to the age old conflict between art and science.
Based in the borders area of Scotland, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a place to explore the fundamental aspects of the universe.
Created by the internationally celebrated architectural critic and designer Charles Jencks, he has explored some of the most profound questions that haunt us, through his shaping of his life-times work, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
He asks such questions as:
"What are atoms made of and how should we conceive of them? How does DNA make up a living organism and why is it essential to celebrate it in a garden?"

Charles Jencks has mastered visual metaphors, creating a truly unique way of thinking. He has taken it upon himself to challenge frequently misunderstood concepts such as the "Big Bang" and the "Selfish Gene"

This Garden is a celebration of the universe and nature, both intellectually and through the senses, this book guides you through his process of the design of the garden and presents a view of the universe quite different from the standard model
Visually stunning, and thought provoking, the combination of photographs of the garden and explanations into the science that inspired it does the garden justice. In fact, you come out more in awe of Charles Jencks and his brilliant mind than before, realising his vision to view the universe in a different way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. HODGKINSON on 4 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
An excellent publication,picture representation of the garden layout
is absolutely first class.Having visited the garden in May the book gives
an excellent account.Sadly the garden is only open for six hours on the
first Sunday in May each year.
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Format: Paperback
This is a very well written and presented book that explains the thinking behind this extraordinary garden. The good quality images provide excellent coverage of the many unique features of this garden and show many of Charles Jencks' original design drawings, a must read for any serious landscape designer or interested amateur. This book is second only to physically being in the garden itself, an unforgettable experience.
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