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The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz

by Tim Richardson

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One of the most exciting and popular designers working in the United States, Martha Schwartz has almost single-handedly redefined the notion of garden design and landscape architecture. With her background in printmaking, the Boston-based designer has brought an entirely new language to a traditionally horticulture-oriented profession. Ever since her Bagel Garden (1979) stirred controversy and attracted attention, she has been at the vanguard of her field, and her work is now celebrated and influential around the world. This is the complete monograph of Schuwartz's corpus, some forty works, mostly built, from the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Britain, and elsewhere. Ranging in scope from idiosyncratic private gardens to urban plans, projects are presented through breathtaking photographs, accessible drawings, and plans. Schwartz describes her working practices, giving unique insight into the thinking behind her dynamic designs. The colorful, unconventional, and wide ranging nature of Schwartz's work will appeal to a professional and to a nonprofessional audience, from urban planners to private gardeners.

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"One of the most exciting and popular designers working in the United States, Martha Schwartz has almost single-handedly redefined the notion of landscape architecture. With her background in printmaking, the Boston-based Schwartz has brought an entirely new design language to a traditionally horticulture-oriented profession. This is the complete monograph of Schwartz's corpus, some 32 works, mostly built, from the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Sweden, England and elsewhere. Projects are loosely grouped into themes and presented through breathtaking photographs, accessible drawings and plans, as well as elucidating texts written by a noted landscape critic, Tim Richardson. Interspersed between project families are essays written by Schwartz that give unique insight into her philosophy and her creative process, while provoking considerations about the human-made and natural world of the future. The colorful, unconventional and wide-ranging nature of Schwartz's work has had a profound effect on the worlds of garden design, urbanism and landscape. It will appeal to professional designers and urban planners, as well as to a non-professional audience looking for inspiration."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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