ABSTRACT

To Design Landscape sets out a distinctively practical philosophy of design, in accessible format. Based on the notion that landscape design is a form-based craft addressing environmental processes and utility, Dee establishes a framework for approaching such craft with modesty and ingenuity, using the concept of "aesthetics of thrift".

Employing numerous case studies-as diverse as Hellerup Rose Garden in Denmark; Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, USA; Rousham Gardens, Oxfordshire, UK and Tofuku-ji, in Kyoto, Japan - to illustrate her ideas, the book is a beautiful portfolio of Dee's drawings, which are both evocative and to the point.

The book begins with a 'Foundations' section, which sets out the basis of the approach.  'Principles' chapters then elaborate eleven significant considerations applicable to any design project, regardless of context and scale. Following on, 'Strategies' chapters reinforce the principles, and suggest further ways of designing, adaptable to different conditions.  Dee ends with a focus on 'Elements', case studies and verb lists providing sources for the designer to consider how the components - vegetation, water, terrain, structures, soils, weather, and the sky -  might be engaged, mediated and joined.

Catherine Dee’s book is for all those who would craft landscape, from the gardener, to the professional landscape architect, to the student of design

part |11 pages

Foundations

chapter |3 pages

To design landscape

chapter |2 pages

Craft

chapter |2 pages

Form

part |114 pages

Principles

chapter |10 pages

Sculpting time

chapter |12 pages

All possible forms

chapter |12 pages

Nature, culture, both

chapter |8 pages

Soft, rock-hard and evergreen time

chapter |12 pages

Elemental register

chapter |12 pages

Hand and machine

chapter |10 pages

Modesty and ingenuity in art

chapter |8 pages

Economy of means

chapter |12 pages

Utilitarian form

chapter |8 pages

Context is everything

chapter |9 pages

Raking

part |67 pages

Strategies

chapter |12 pages

Abstraction

chapter |8 pages

Hardly

chapter |8 pages

Intervention

chapter |12 pages

Keep

chapter |10 pages

Absence

chapter |10 pages

Lucky

chapter |6 pages

Interplay

part |67 pages

Elements

chapter |12 pages

Green

chapter |12 pages

Terrain

chapter |12 pages

Wet

chapter |8 pages

Furnish

chapter |8 pages

Dirty, rotten

chapter |6 pages

Wind

chapter |8 pages

Sky