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C. Timothy Baird - Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Ecological Design and Planning

Author: George F. Thompson and Frederick R. Steiner

Book Description:

While it is difficult to narrow my personal list of meaningful books down to one, this volume perhaps comes closest because it is a collection of the writing of some of the best and most innovative thinkers, critics, practitioners, and theorists in the discipline and profession of landscape architecture today. This book is universally accepted as an early and strong collection of voices that successfully dismantled the “ecology versus aesthetics” dichotomy in landscape architecture, a notion that slowed progress in the field for several years. As a single volume this book brings together the thoughts and works of some of the most influential individuals who were instrumental in propelling landscape architecture into the twenty-first century. The work of these individuals, in this volume and elsewhere, has helped to focus and inform my research, made me a more effective teacher, and a more thoughtful and articulate landscape architect.

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