From Concept to Form in Landscape Design

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-29
  • Publisher: Wiley

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One of the most difficult tasks for a designer is to translate concepts into specific and detailed organizations of space. From Concept to Form in Landscape Design, Second Edition provides vital, functional techniques that make the transformation easier and more effective. This perceptive resource examines both traditional and nontraditional methods of landscape design, providing the conceptual and philosophical foundations for ideas and their visual expression. The revised and expanded Second Edition includes: ' A new chapter dealing with the creative thought process for generating ideas ' Precise case studies showing sequential form evolution ' Hundreds of detailed photographs to assist in visualizing various techniques ' Inspiring images from nature for naturalistic form development ' Atypical design examples as impetus for innovation ' Accompanying web site with projects for classroom students and self-learners alike From Concept to Form in Landscape Design, Second Edition presents the landscape transformation process in a highly visual manner, creating both a vivid learning experience for students and a useful toolbox for working designers. Replete with compelling, valuable, and accessible insights for designing outdoor spaces, Reid's book is an ideal blend of inspiration and application.

Author Biography

Grant W. Reid, FASLA, has a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed landscape architect in the state of Kansas, principal of Grant Reid Designs, and a retired professor of landscape architecture at Colorado State University. In 2005, he received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America Educational Foundation.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Creditsp. ix
The Conceptp. 1
Creativityp. 1
Philosophical Conceptsp. 5
Functional Conceptsp. 11
Geometric Form Developmentp. 17
The 90% Rectangular Themep. 18
The 135% Octagonal Themep. 21
The 120% Hexagonal Themep. 24
Circles on Circlesp. 30
Concentric Circles and Radiip. 35
Arcs and Tangentsp. 37
Circle Segmentsp. 41
The Ellipsep. 43
The Spiralp. 45
Naturalistic Form Developmentp. 48
Design Approachesp. 48
The Meanderp. 49
The Free Ellipse and Scallopsp. 57
The Free Spiralp. 62
The Irregular Polygonp. 66
The Organic Edgep. 71
Clustering and Fragmentationp. 75
Fractal Geometryp. 78
Principles of Designp. 81
Basic Elements of Designp. 81
Organizing Principlesp. 83
Integration of Formp. 96
Beyond the Rules: Anomalous and Provocative Designp. 101
Acute Angle Formsp. 102
Counter Formsp. 104
Deconstructionp. 106
Social and Political Landscapesp. 109
Eccentric Landscapesp. 110
Landscapes of Distortion and Illusionp. 112
Case Studiesp. 116
Silver Arch Sculpture Gardenp. 117
Courtyard of Circlesp. 124
Corner Lot Gardenp. 129
Pools of Pleasurep. 136
Tsukubai Dialoguep. 143
Canopied Retreatp. 148
Platform Connectionsp. 155
Appendixp. 161
Guide Patternsp. 162
Geometric Construction Methodsp. 169
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 176
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