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CRITIQUE

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IMAGINARY...
EXEMPLARY...
GARDENS AND THE
CONTEMPLATIVE LA

book info:
The Most Beautiful Gardens
Ever Written: A Guide
Jane Gillette
96 pages, US$19.95 (Softbound)
Austere Gardens:
Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint
and Attending
Marc Treib
108 pages, US$19.95 (Softbound)
ORO Editions, Novato, California (2016)
56 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

THESE SLIM VOLUMES are a welcome
reminder of the haptic (and other) pleasures
that can still be provoked by well-presented
print publications. Both are designed by Marc
Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus at
the University of California, Berkeley, and both
are replete with images that make them a
visual as well as a verbal pleasure. Jane Gillette
has a doctorate in literature from Yale and
works in Peter Walker's office, also in Berkeley.
The Most Beautiful Gardens summarizes
ten works of fiction that address gardens
as places of anxiety, affection, seduction,
joy and humour. Ranging from Murusaki
Shikubu's The Tale of Genji (circa 1000 CE) to
Vladimir Nabokov's Ada, or Ardor: A Family
Chronicle (1969) and including works from
Italy (the irresistible Hypnerotomachia
Poliphili), China, England, Germany, France,

Australia and the United States, the Guide
gives brief but enticing glimpses into each
work. A book about books is inevitably an
act of extreme mediation. But this one
somehow feels remarkably immediate
...a direct but gentle, reverie-inducing
transposition to each imaginary garden;
to diverse places and people and the
peccadillos that they play out in their
personal spaces. Readers will be privileged
to enjoy the fruits of Gillette's extraordinary
knowledge of the role of gardens in fiction,
and the highly accessible way that it is
presented here.
Treib's Austere Gardens is a compelling
follow-up to his seminal 1995 paper Must
Landscapes Mean?, published in Landscape
Journal in 1995 (Spring, Vol 14, no. 1, pp.
47-62). It marks a timely return to the fertile
ground of the relationship (or lack of it)
between designers' intentions and viewers'
perceptions. The title might simply suggest
a manifesto for minimalism. And, inevitably,
the modernist mantra "less is more" seems,
like Donald Trump on Twitter, to lurk round
every corner. But, as its full title suggests,
the book moves beyond being a paean for
minimalism. It addresses approaches not
only to gardens, but also to the design of
landscapes and installations or interventions
within landscapes, and to perception of
those landscapes. Treib's title inevitably
draws attention to the question of what
constitutes an "austere" garden, particularly
at a time when the word austerity is applied
to financial policies designed to reduce
budget deficits. For Treib, his use of the
word "is not about asceticism, but instead
about restraint and simplicity" (p. 11).



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - OPINION
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 50
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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