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Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape

Tim Richardson

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 352

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson

  • Date Published: Mar 2008

  • Stock Code: 64550

  • ISBN: 9780500513934

  • Binding: Hardback

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Contemporary garden design has embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, architecture and product design, redefining the border between nature and the man-made. One indication of the rise in popularity and controversy of such 'experimental' gardens has been the growing number of conceptual garden festivals, which have become the premier international showcases for new ideas.

Avant Gardeners presents the most exciting and innovative contemporary garden and landscape-design practices from around the world, profiling the work of each designer through informative texts, photographs and plans. Topical essays explore the underlying principles, and show how a rising generation has largely rejected traditional Western garden design, favouring instead influences such as Modernism, Postmodernism, Pop Art and Land Art.

From playful conceptual art to elegant public space, radical and joyful urban landscapes to idiosyncratic private gardens, this book shows off diverse and innovative work from 50 firms, including West 8, Gustafson Porter, Atelier Big City and Janet Rosenberg. Fresh and green.

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