Nelson Byrd Woltz
Garden, Park, Community, Farm
Warren T. Byrd, Jr., Thomas L. Woltz, Stephen Orr, Elizabeth Meyer
Publication date 03/20/2013
9 x 11 inches (22.9 x 27.9 cm), Hardcover
240 pages, 275 color illustrations
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Award-winning landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz is celebrated for projects that, in addition to their sheer beauty, frequently trigger a cascade of positive ecological benefits: depleted landscapes brought back to life by reintroducing native plant species; the resurgence of local animals; and the restoration of damaged ecosystems made possible through unconventional, cross-disciplinary collaborations with scientists, sociologists, artists, biologists, and others who share their dedication to the stewardship of the land. Nelson Byrd Woltz presents twelve examples of the firm's innovative brand of sustainable design.
Divided into four sections, Garden, Community, Park, and Farm, projects range in scope from residential gardens to a large-scale sheep and cattle station along the coast of New Zealand. They include the recently opened Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA; the Asia Trail at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; the restoration of the Dell at the University of Virginia; Citygarden in St. Louis, MO; private gardens in New York and Connecticut; and the Medlock Ames vineyards in Sonoma, CA. Each project includes a watercolor plan and a materials and plants list. These unforgettable landscapes are both an open invitation to gather together and a much-needed contribution to the health of our cities, farms, and wildlands.
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"Nelson Byrd Woltz does more than just make pretty vistas. Its designs have brought back desiccated properties and revived indigenous plant life. Nelson Byrd Woltz: Garden Park Community Farm (Princeton Architectural Press) takes a close look at 12 projects, three in each of the title's categories, from the last decade and a half."
"Praise is due for the book's excellent showcase of gorgeous illustrations that detail how landscape architecture can influence the realms of urbanism, agriculture and ecology. Designers will benefit from the detailed case studies and highly visual reference guide in application to their own practices."
The New York Times:
"The best of [Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects'] important, thoughtful work... the private gardens are serene and masterly, replete with inspiration for the tiniest plots. But this book is more relevant as a showcase for the firm's work in parks and on farms... the text is smart, opinionated and provocative... Perhaps, given the challenges of climate adaptation and water management we will all face in the years ahead, the firm's breathtaking project in New Zealand might merit an entire book of its own."
"A deep, intelligent dive into the world of exterior design, one destined to become a reference for generations of landscape architects... also a fascinating and illuminating read for those with only general knowledge of the subject and who, after looking through it, will no doubt want to learn more."
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