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- Date of publication: July 2014
- Paperback ISBN-13: 978 185341 145 8 (paperback only)
- Pages: 112
- Images: 141 colour photos, 8 plans and drawings
- Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm (A4 landscape format)
- Weight: 477 grammes (unwrapped)
The starting point for a conceptualist garden depends on an inspiring idea which governs the design. The ultimate result, though considering the context or feelings of the client very deeply, does not reflect conventional solutions (e.g. Classical or Modernist rules). This book encourages student designers to think 'outside the box' at the beginning of the designing process, and gives examples of many ideas and solutions by one of the leading conceptualist designers. However, it is not a book of 'off-the-peg' design remedies.
This book is part of the series, Workshops on Garden Design.
Introducing THE IDEA; THE THEORY - What is a Conceptual Design? The Influence of Art, Landscape and Environmental Art, The Garden as Art; IN PRACTICE - The Hard Landscape, The Soft Landscape, Conceptualist Planting - The Design Process, The Design Brief, Deciding on a Strategy, Getting Inspiration, Gathering Source Material - Site-based, Present-day or Proposed Activity, Historical Reference - Site or Social History, Client History, Project-specific - Single Visual Motif, Imported Visual Motif - Eclectic or Persona, Alternative Ways of Making - Autobiographical, Developing the Idea - Working with the Site, The Narrative Approach, The Visual Method, Autobiographical and Art-based, Ways of Making (Building Ideas), Unconventional from the Commonplace - Paving to create an Illusion, Drawing with Bricks, Painting in Concrete and Turf, Constructivist Timbers, Modern Materials and Methods - Portable and Disposable, Theatrical and Kinetic, Planting Technologies; SELECTED PROJECTS: Site-specific (5), Narrative-based (6), New Ways of Making (7), Garden as Art (6), Specialist (2); Further Reading; Index.
The term 'conceptualist' gardens was coined by the garden writer and critic, Tim Richardson, when describing unconventional garden spaces containing very little traditional planting and materials. Conceptualist gardens depend on inspiration which is the result of an exhaustive intellectual process. The starting point is an idea or stimulus that pushes the design along, rather than observing more conventional styles - whether classical or modernist - into which ideas or relationships are fitted. Horticultural considerations, architectural or aesthetic doctrines and practically-based problem-solving are either abandoned or regarded as a means to an end rather than the end in itself. Idea-driven design, therefore, cannot be taught by a 'rule-of-thumb; methodology. The conceptualist approach encourages students or professional designers to think further towards their designed solutions.
Students of garden design and landscape architecture; historians interested in garden art.
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