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Illustrated History of Landscape Design

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I wish I had had this book when I was (a) studying world history in high school, (b) studying architectural history in college, (c) lecturing on the history of landscape design, or (d) leading tours of the great gardens of England and the Continent. Life would have been simpler, had the book been around then.

The authors are both landscape architects and educators, at UC Berkeley and UC Davis, respectively. Chip has had a life-long fascination with illustration, from cartoons and comics, to graphic novels, to drawing as a means of recording his travels. His earlier book, Garden and Climate (McGraw-Hill 2002), was heavily illustrated with his own drawings, used to clarify ideas more easily than photographs could do.

When Elizabeth needed a good text to teach the history of landscape architecture to the newest generation of college students, she and Chip began work on their own textbook, using the model of cartoon and graphic novel—both popular with today's students. The result is a lucid and concise history of landscape architecture—and, for that matter, the world. And it's delightfully entertaining as well.

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