Date of publicationJuly 2014
Paperback ISBN-13978 185341 145 8 (paperback only)
Images141 colour photos, 8 plans and drawings
Dimensions210 x 297 mm (A4 landscape format)
An Alternative Way to Design Gardens
Conceptual gardens depend on inspiration, which is the result of an exhaustive intellectual Conceptual 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. So idea-driven design means that it cannot be taught by a ‘rule-of-thumb’ methodology, and thus, how to design a conceptual garden is not the theme of this book; nor does it contain ‘off-the-peg’ solutions for garden and landscape designers.
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Deciding on a Strategy, Getting Inspiration, Gathering Source Material - Site-based, Present-day or Proposed Activity, Historical Reference - Site or Social History, Client History, Project-specific - Single Visual Motif, Imported Visual Motif - Eclectic or Persona, Alternative Ways of Making -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.