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CRITIQUE

PLACES MADE BY SUBTRACTION
These qualities are comparable, perhaps,
to what Luis Barragán, in his Pritzker Prize
acceptance speech in 1980, described as
serenity ("the great and true antidote against
anguish and fear"), silence, and solitude. In
that speech Barragán also proclaimed the
importance of beauty to human life. Similarly,
Treib proclaims that in Japanese visual culture
(at least) "pairing the words 'austere' and
'beauty' is no anomaly" (p. 17). He proceeds
to argue his case by way of a dizzying array
of images of exemplary gardens, buildings,
earthworks, installations and excavations
from across the globe.
Fundamental to Treib's argument are the
complementary views that "[p]laces can be
made by subtraction as well as addition...at
times removal produces a far greater effect
than deposit" (p. 25) and an "austere garden
demands more from a visitor because, at
least to some degree, it defies our (Western)
received cultural norms of the garden as an

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Eden" (p. 24). And, continuing his contrasts
with Western thinking, Treib argues that
designers "can also consider simplicity and
reduction...as the compression of many layers,
elements or textures into a single form" (p.
57), as in the Japanese Way of Tea. From
the viewer's perspective, in the context of
attending, Treib talks of deriving "more from
the participation of the reader" ...leaving...
"room for varied readings and interpretations
by the garden visitor" (p. 92).
Austere Gardens is a satisfying progression
from Must Landscape Mean? in that it
seeks to synthesize the intentions of the
designer and the reactions of the observer
in a complementary relationship. My
one complaint is that this is yet another
book without an index. When you've read
something that leaves an impression, you
want to be able to find it again. An index is
a gift to the reader, and it is (or should be)
another pleasure of print publications. But,
all-in-all, what we have here are two wideranging but easy-to-read volumes that should
be part of any contemplative landscape
architect's library.

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THESE SLIM VOLUMES
ARE A WELCOME
REMINDER OF THE
HAPTIC (AND OTHER)
PLEASURES THAT CAN
STILL BE PROVOKED
BY WELL-PRESENTED
PRINT PUBLICATIONS.

ALAN TATE, PhD, PPLI, FCSLA, is Professor
and Head of Landscape Architecture at the
University of Manitoba and author of Great
City Parks (Second Edition: 2015).
alan.tate@umanitoba.ca

1 LIGHTNING FIELD 2 ZEN GARDEN
3 ALICE IN WONDERLAND 4 CAO XUEQIN
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PHOTOS 1+2 AUSTERE GARDENS 3+4 THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL GARDENS EVER WRITTEN

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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 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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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 - 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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