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Garden Futures: Designing with Nature
Various Authors

Garden Futures: Designing with Nature, Various Authors

Garden Futures: Designing with Nature, Various AuthorsGarden Futures: Designing with Nature
Various Authors
Vitra Design Museum


228 pages
240 x 285 mm
ISBN  9783945852521


Garden Futures examines what gardens and their design reveal about our relationship to nature. In exploring the history of ideas behind the modern garden, this book takes a close look at the present, searches into the past, and builds bridges with the future. It includes stunning photographs of ground breaking gardens by artist Derek Jarman and garden designer Piet Oudolf, while critical essays by well-known authors question the ideals of the conventional garden – from seemingly perfect, water-wasting lawns to ubiquitou splants and their colonial roots. Historical photo-essays consider the garden asa political space, and gardeners Gilles Clément and Jamaica Kincaid present the garden as a place of learning where abstract concepts like ecology, climate change, and food insecurity are translated into things you can smell, touch, and taste.

Garden Futures also features experimental approaches taken bygardeners and landscape architects such as New York–based Julia Watson andMalaysian collective Kebun-Kebun Bangsar. In the age of the Anthropocene, it is hoped that this book is part of recognising the entire planet as a garden thatwe need to tend to and use responsibly.With texts by Jamaica Kincaid, Gilles Clément, Liz Christy, and others; interviews with Julia Watson, Bas Smets, Céline Baumann and Ng Sek San.

About the Publisher
The Vitra Design Museum is a privately owned museum for design in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Former Vitra CEO, and son of Vitra founders Willi and Erika Fehlbaum, Rolf Fehlbaum founded the museum in 1989 as an independent private foundation.