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Tree Gardens: Architecture and the Forest

Tree Gardens: Architecture and the Forest

Princeton Architectural Press

By Gina Crandell


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From their early use as protective shelter to the
felling of thousands of trees to harvest wood
and create farmland, to more recent attempts at
conservation, trees remain one of mankind’s greatest
resources. But aside from their purely practical
uses, trees are appreciated for their beauty and
have long served as important elements in designed
landscapes. Tree Gardens is the first book to focus
on what author Gina Crandell calls the “largest
living architectural structures”—masses of trees that
form expressive spaces on sites all over the world.
Each case study—from the grand park at Versailles,
to New York City’s 9/11 Memorial Forest—explains
how the scale, context, species, and spacing of trees
on a particular site establish its expressive structure.
Featuring engaging text and beautiful images,
this much-needed book combines useful how-to
aspects of tree planting with theoretical discourse
on tree garden design and will be an important
resource for students, landscape architects, and
horticulturists alike.

• First book to focus on tree gardens in landscape

• Landscapes include historical and contemporary
works by such well-known designers as Frederick Law
Olmsted, André Le Nôtre, C. Th. Sørensen, Daniel
Kiley, Peter Walker, and Michael Van Valkenburgh

• Projects range from ten to thousands of trees on sites
both pristine and postindustrial, urban and remote

• Includes discussion of the management of designed
forest, including preservation strategies

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More Details

Size: 7 x 9.5 in;
Pages: 168 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: March 2013
ISBN: 9781616891213
ISBN10: 1616891211
Brookline, MA–based landscape architecture professor Gina Crandell was the Farrand Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007 after teaching for many years at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design

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