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Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Theory [Paperback]

James Corner
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1 Jan 2000
This work collects a number of essays that discuss why landscape is gaining increased attention in contemporary society, and what new possibilities might emerge from this situation. Themes such as urbanism, reclamation, infrastructure, geometry, and representation are explored in discussions ddrawn from developments not only in the United States but also in the Netherlands, France, India and Southeast Asia. The contributors to this book include Alan Balfour, Denis Cosgrove, Georges Descombes, Marc Treib, Alex Wall, and Sebastien Marot.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568981791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568981796
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Corner James Corner is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of the award-winning title Taking Measures Across the American Landscape.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. 12 Mar 2013
By yaya
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I am a Greenwich student. It is really useful book for master for landscape architecture students.
I use it for my essay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. 12 Mar 2013
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I'm Greenwich student. It is really useful book for master for landscape architecture students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Landscape Architects 3 Jun 2000
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Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture, proposes that when landscape is considered solely as a noun, its active role in the everyday lived experiences of humankind is lost. In this light, the volume seeks to recover landscape as not only a verb, "as process or activity," but also to recover the role of idea and the imaginary in landscape. To this end, Recovering Landscape is primarily directed toward the practicing landscape architect and how he/she can invoke this concept into his/her training, design and activities. Scholars of applied landscape who are concerned with turning idea into artifact will undoubtedly find this volume informative in guiding their practice. At the same time, theoretical landscape scholars who are interested in understanding and interpreting landscape as both cultural artifact and cultural process will also find much of interest in this volume.
The volume itself is divided into three sections: "reclaiming place and time" which explores the temporal, habitual, physical and cultural influences on the context of landscape; "constructing and representing landscape" which explores several different methods for representing landscape and how these methods can be used to approach and design landscape as a process or verb; and "urbanizing landscape" which presents what can be considered as, more or less, case studies invoking the above ideas, drawing them out in specific contexts.
The concept of understanding landscape as a process, or an activity, rather than as an object offers an unique perspective to landscape scholarship, similar to the ideas introduced by W.J.T. Mitchell in Landscape and Power (1994). This perspective brings more fully to the forefront the temporal, habitual and cultural processes that not only effect, but are integrally a part of landscape. Too often landscape is seen not only as an object, but as objective, something which exists apart from the individual and something which is larger than the individual. This notion is reversed in Recovering Landscape. The essays demonstrate that the role of an individual (as well as society) has the ability to significantly affect landscape, whether it be the landscape architect who actively designs landscape, the individual who habituates and experiences landscape, or the scholar who contributes representations of landscape. All of these are important considerations for the field of landscape study and, as such, Corner's volume articulates the various ways by which the above aspects can influence the understanding and interpretation of landscape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing study that should have wide appeal 17 July 2012
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Although the book is built around the author's ideas of landscape and landscape development, which sounds very academic, I found the book easy to read and very thought provoking . The illustrations are excellent and really illuminate the landscapes (in all senses) that are the book subject

Anyone interested in the environment and the development of the human landscape would enjoy this book
3.0 out of 5 stars not for the environmentalist. 7 Jan 2014
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this has some pretty good essays, but also a bunch of architects with way too much hubris who think humans can fix everything through technology and design.
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