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Avant Gardeners

50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape

Tim Richardson

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A lavishly illustrated survey of the fifty most exciting contemporary landscape practices at work in the world today


The leading edge of recent garden design has not only embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, but also appropriated ideas from related disciplines, such as architecture and product design, redefining and blurring the borders of nature and the man-made in the process.

Throughout the book, essays explore the underlying principles of each highly individual approach to creating outdoor spaces and show how a rising generation has rejected the naturalistic tradition of Western garden design, favouring instead the influences of Modernism, Postmodernism, Pop Art and Land Art.

With over 100 projects, the book is an encyclopaedic look at the most advanced contemporary thinking in garden design and offers a rich and inspirational archive for practitioners and enthusiasts – indeed for anyone who delights in the great outdoors.

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'The most important book of the year … thoughtful, beautifully produced and taking its readers into much unfamiliar territory'

'Groundbreaking landscapes that will stretch your imagination to the limit'
House & Garden

'Fascinating … highly rewarding … mind-flexing stuff'
Country Life

'Colourful and weighty … part compendium, proselytising tract (albeit with an über-cool sense of wit and layout design), theoretical handbook and trade magazine'
The Art Book

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 23.0 x 20.9 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 484

Publication date: 10 August 2009

ISBN: 9780500288269

Contents List

Foreword by Martha Schwartz • Atelier Big City • Lodewijk Baljon • Thomas Balsley • Julia Barton • BCA Landscape • Concept • Petra Blaisse • Jean-Pierre Brazs • Susanne Burger • Cao Perrot Studio • Paul Cooper • Claude Cormier • Topher Delaney • Herbert Dreiseitl • DS Landschapsarchitecten • History • Monika Gora • Gross Max • Gustafson Porter • Fritz Haeg • Paula Hayes • Tony Heywood • Nature • Karres en Brands • Klahn + Singer • Land-I Die LandschaftsArchitekten • Ron Lutsko • Lützow 7 • William Martin • Shunmyo Masuno Metagardens • Meyer + Silberberg • Plants and Other Materials • Helle Nebelong • Nip Paysage • Antonio Perazzi • Plant • Philippe Rahm • Maxims • RCH Studios • Janet Rosenburg Mario Schjetnan • Martha Schwartz • The Conceptualist Garden Show • Vladimir Sitta SLA • Ken Smith • Taylor Cullity Lethlean

About the Author

Tim Richardson is the former landscape editor at Wallpaper*, gardens editor at Country Life and founding editor of New Eden. He is the author of numerous books on landscape design, including The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz, Avant Gardeners, Futurescapes and Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks, published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

Martha Schwartz