Volume 4, Issue 9
Thinking the Contemporary Landscape
reviewed by Brian Thompson
“Landscape architecture must be one of few disciplines
capable of merging a deeply symbolic and cultural understanding of nature with
the massive environmental transformations to come.” This quote is from the introduction to Thinking
the Contemporary Landscape, edited by Christophe Girot and Dora Imhof.
To expand on this concept, the editors have gathered 17
essays by leading landscape architects worldwide. The first step is recognizing that the
ecological discussions of the last many decades have found expression in
philosophical discussions and in the arts.
Slowly, these are also becoming factors in landscape design.
The changing tools of design are a measure of this transformation,
as explained by Seattle architect Kathryn Gustafson. While 3-D models are the standard for any
sizeable project, she begins with a clay model to develop a sense of the space
she finds difficult to recreate on a computer. Taking this approach to landscape design, she finds that “people use it
the way that you imagined.”
The later essays seek to understand the power found in a
local terrain. However, this power can
be in conflict with design principles based on current global trends in ecology
and economics, or even the basic concept of what is natural. While these discussions are at times
challenging to understand, this book will broaden the reader’s understanding of
the many aspects to any human designed landscape.
Restoration ecology in the spotlight this quarter
This autumn quarter UW offers many courses that touch on restoration ecology. From survey courses such as ESRM 100
(Environmental Science) to SEFS 574 (Ecological Engineering) and beyond, more than fifteen different courses will
bring ecological restoration resources to the forefront for hundreds of
UW students and researchers this quarter.
To support this work, the Miller Library will be highlighting some
favorite ecological restoration journals and books, including the University of Wisconsin's journal Ecological Restoration,
pictured here and archived online for those with a University of Washington NetID. See the display, including many resources available to borrow, on the journal shelf near our north windows. Registered borrowers here can also use our online catalog to see recommended resources and place holds on specific titles.
Sarah Horowitz Wildflowers exhibit opens
The Miller Library welcomes a new exhibit featuring
handcolored original etchings and watercolors by Sarah Horowitz. She recently
collaborated with essayist Tim McNulty as well as local papermaking and
binding artisans on a limited-edition book on the wildflowers of Chelan
County. Horowitz drew, etched, printed, and hand-colored each of the
twenty-three plates for this 40-book edition at her studio in
exhibit features a selection of 12 original works and opens September 7,
continuing into October. Join us for an evening reception Thursday,
October 12, from 5 to 7 pm, when visitors can meet the artist.
New to the Library