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The Landscape Urbanism Reader
Charles Waldheim

ISBN 9781568984391
Publication date 7/6/2006
6 x 9 inches (15.2 x 22.9 cm), Paperback
288 pages, 200 b/w illustrations
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With populations decentralizing and cities sprawling ever outward, twenty-first-century urban planners are challenged by the need to organize not just people but space itself. Hence a new architectural discourse has emerged: landscape urbanism.

In The Landscape Urbanism Reader Charles Waldheim-- who is at the forefront of this new movement--has assembled the definitive collection of essays by many of the field's top practitioners. Fourteen essays written by leading figures across a range of disciplines and from around the world-- including James Corner, Linda Pollak, Alan Berger, Pierre Bolanger, Julia Czerniak, and more--capture the origins, the contemporary milieu, and the aspirations of this relatively new field. The Landscape Urbanism Reader is an inspiring signal to the future of city making as well as an indispensable reference for students, teachers, architects, and urban planners.


Charles Waldheim is the editor of numerous books on landscape urbanism and the associate dean and director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews


Journal of Architectural Education:
"a fine collection of contemporary thought on the subject"

The Architects Newspaper:
"New Yorks High Line is hard to categorize - it will be a landscaped park but it is also a highly programmed architectural space, while its origins as infrastructure are still a huge part of its appeal. The emerging field of landscape urbanism is one way to define such a project and the growing numbers of likeminded proposals around the country." — Anne Guiney

Harvard Design :
"One of the great strengths of the book is that while each contributor argues clearly, each has a different prod at the matter, so that by the time one has finished the last of the fourteen essays, one has a strong feeling not only of shape but also of consistency in the landscape urbanism 'movement.' From the plethora of ideas one can extract three main currents of thought in the new discipline, all of which liberate themselves from the trap of urban form as defined by traditional urban designers."

Architecture Magazine:
"Required reading."

Harvard Design Magazine:
"One of the great strengths of the book is that while each contributor argues clearly, each has a different prod at the matter, so that by the time one has finished the last of the fourteen essays, one has a strong feeling not only of shape but also of consistency in the landscape urbanism 'movement.' From the plethora of ideas one can extract three main currents of thought in the new discipline, all of which liberate themselves from the trap of urban form as defined by traditional urban designers."



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