cloth, 352 pp., $60.00
On the cutting edge of landscape architecture is "conceptualist landscape design," according to landscape critic Tim Richardson. Gathering together in photographs the works of fifty pioneering designers from around the world, the author makes the point in his narrative that these original works are artistic expressions, comparable to the postmodern architecture of several decades ago. They use outdoor space to articulate diverse ideas in their built environments, as contrasted to the trend toward naturalism in landscape design. In a series of essays, Richardson first presents studies of different sites to explain the conceptualist theory of art, prior to reviewing the efforts of fifty designers who labor "outside the box." Readers of more traditional backgrounds may find some designs lacking in beauty, but all will agree they are imaginative.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden