Planetary Gardens

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
  • Publisher: Birkhauser Architecture

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Gilles Clément confronts the homogenizing effects of globalization with the diversity of life. As a trained gardener, he places our current knowledge of plant utilization and ecology in the service of the "planetary garden," in which plant species from a tremendous variety of cultures are collected, composed, and carefully overseen in their development by the landscape designer. Clément has taken this approach, which was developed for private gardens, and worked with celebrated architects ' most recently, Jean Nouvel ' to apply it in his large city parks, including Parc Citroën, the park at the Grande Arche de La Défense, and the museum park at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. The high artistic caliber of his designs is attested by exhibitions and installations at the Canadian Centre for Architecture CCA in Montreal and the Centre Pompidou, where they stand beside the work of Daniel Buren, Nan Goldin, and others. Gilles Clément has been presenting his contribution to landscape architecture for decades in more than thirty publications and numerous lectures throughout the world. This is the first comprehensive English-language monograph on his work.

Table of Contents

The Nomadic Garden, the Permanent Travellerp. 12
Guidelines for the Planetary Gardenp. 13
The Landscape is a Detail of the Gardenp. 54
Nine Planetary Gardensp. 78
Gardens of Chateau Bloisp. 80
Gardens of the Quai Branly Museum, Parisp. 94
Parc Henri Matisse, Euralille, Lillep. 114
Gardens of the Abbey of Valloiresp. 130
Fountain of Grass for Drac, Reunion Islandp. 150
Parc Andre Citroen, Parisp. 160
Gardens in La Vallee and Le Champ, La Creusep. 206
Mediterranean Gardens of the Domaine Du Rayol, Varp. 224
Gardens of the Grande Arche, Paris, La Defensep. 244
Publicationsp. 259
Biographyp. 261
Acknowledgementsp. 263
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