Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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7.Cover: Ancient Roman Gardens

Ancient Roman Gardens

MacDougall, Elizabeth Blair
Jashemski, Wilhelmina F.

9.Cover: Medieval Gardens

Medieval Gardens

MacDougall, Elizabeth Blair

12.Cover: Dutch Garden in the Seventeenth Century

Dutch Garden in the Seventeenth Century

Hunt, John Dixon

This wide-ranging collection of essays charts the history, scope, and spread of Dutch garden art during the seventeenth century. A group of scholars, mostly Dutch, surveys what has been called the “golden age” of Dutch garden design. Essays discuss the political context of William’s building and gardening activities at his palace of Het Loo in the Netherlands; the development of a distinctively Dutch garden art during the seventeenth century; country house poetry; and specific estates and their gardens.

14.Cover: The Vernacular Garden

The Vernacular Garden

Hunt, John Dixon
Wolschke-Bulmahn, Joachim

15.Cover: Regional Garden Design in the United States

Regional Garden Design in the United States

O'Malley, Therese
Treib, Marc

Regionalism has become a much-discussed design issue for landscape architects in recent years. Increased mobility, uprootedness, and the pace of change in an increasingly technological society have contributed to interest in this concept, which places value on cultural continuity in local areas. This approach to garden design attempts to capture the spirit of the place, the plant material, and symbolic qualities that define a region’s natural and cultural character. These essays lay the foundation for examining regionalism in American garden design. The organization of the papers is by geographical area, covering the West Coast, the Midwest, the South, and New England.

16.Cover: Mughal Gardens

Mughal Gardens

Wescoat, James L.

17.Cover: John Evelyn's

John Evelyn's "Elysium Britannicum" and European Gardening

O'Malley, Therese
Wolschke-Bulmahn, Joachim

John Evelyn (1620–1706), an English virtuoso and writer, was a pivotal figure in seventeenth-century intellectual life in England. The contributors to this volume approach Evelyn and his work from diverse disciplines, including architectural and intellectual history and the histories of science, agriculture, gardens, and literature. They present a rich picture of the “Elysium Britannicum” as one of the central documents of late European humanism.

18.Cover: Nature and Ideology: Nature and Garden Design in the Twentieth Century

Nature and Ideology: Nature and Garden Design in the Twentieth Century

Wolschke-Bulmahn, Joachim

19.Cover: Places of Commemoration: Search for Identity and Landscape Design

Places of Commemoration: Search for Identity and Landscape Design

Wolschke-Bulmahn, Joachim

Places of Commemoration examines commemorative sites of different character, including gardens, landscapes, memorials, cemeteries, and sites of former Nazi concentration camps, detailing the ideas behind the creation of memorials and monuments and the struggles over the narratives they present.

20.Cover: Theme Park Landscapes: Antecedents and Variations

Theme Park Landscapes: Antecedents and Variations

Young, Terence
Riley, Robert

21.Cover: Perspectives on Garden Histories

Perspectives on Garden Histories

Conan, Michel

25.Cover: Baroque Garden Cultures: Emulation, Sublimation, Subversion

Baroque Garden Cultures: Emulation, Sublimation, Subversion

Conan, Michel

Composed of papers given at the 25th Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture, this volume examines gardens from twelfth-century China and western and northern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. While these gardens were created in drastically different places and times, they may share a similar role in forming culture unintended by their designers. This volume looks at the changing reception of gardens long after they were designed, including the reception of historical gardens by contemporary tourists and art critics.

26.Cover: Sacred Gardens and Landscapes: Ritual and Agency

Sacred Gardens and Landscapes: Ritual and Agency

Conan, Michel

Studies of rituals in sacred gardens and landscapes offer tantalizing insights into the significance of gardens and landscapes in the societies of India, ancient Greece, Pre-Columbian Mexico, medieval Japan, post-Renaissance Europe, and America. Each section of this book is devoted to a different form of agency, together revealing a profound cultural significance of gardens previously overlooked by studies of garden style.

27.Cover: Performance and Appropriation: Profane Rituals in Gardens and Landscapes

Performance and Appropriation: Profane Rituals in Gardens and Landscapes

Conan, Michel

Breaking with the idea that gardens are places of indulgence and escapism, these studies of ritualized practices reveal that gardens in Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean have in fact made significant contributions to cultural change.

28.Cover: Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovations, and Cultural Changes

Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovations, and Cultural Changes

Conan, Michel
Kress, W. John

This book highlights the religious, artistic, political, and economic consequences of horticultural pursuits, exploring the roles of peasants, botanists, horticulturists, nurserymen and gentlemen collectors in these developments, and concluding with a reflection on the future of horticulture in the present context of widespread environmental devastation and ecological uncertainty.

29.Cover: Contemporary Garden Aesthetics, Creations and Interpretations

Contemporary Garden Aesthetics, Creations and Interpretations

Conan, Michel

The present renewal of garden art demands a new approach to garden aesthetics. This book considers exceptional creations around the world and proposes new forms of garden experience using a variety of critical perspectives.

30.Cover: Gardens and Imagination: Cultural History and Agency

Gardens and Imagination: Cultural History and Agency

Conan, Michel

From mirroring the true reality of God in Sufi Persia to the enjoyment of fictitious identities in Rome or present-day Granada, the ways of imagination in gardens are infinitely varied. This book explores how gardens could be imagined, and also how they could be used to trigger the imagination by very different cultures in Japan, China, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, Spain, and Israel.

32.Cover: Clio in the Italian Garden: Twenty-First–Century Studies in Historical Methods and Theoretical Perspectives

Clio in the Italian Garden: Twenty-First–Century Studies in Historical Methods and Theoretical Perspectives

Beneš, Mirka
Lee, Michael G.

Italian gardens have received more attention from historians than perhaps any other garden tradition. This volume presents eight richly illustrated essays by established and emerging scholars that suggest striking new directions, both quantitative and methodological, for future research.

33.Cover: Interlacing Words and Things: Bridging the Nature-Culture Opposition in Gardens and Landscape

Interlacing Words and Things: Bridging the Nature-Culture Opposition in Gardens and Landscape

Bann, Stephen

This illustrated volume examines how the natural world is transformed through the creative use of language. Its contributors do not assume that there is an opposition between nature and culture, but rather emphasize that forms of language are embedded in our understanding and appreciation of the natural environment across cultures and time periods.

34.Cover: Designing Wildlife Habitats

Designing Wildlife Habitats

Beardsley, John

Whether threatened by habitat destruction or climate change, many wild animals have failed to thrive in the company of humans. The essays in Designing Wildlife Habitats explore how landscape architects and garden designers are drawing on the insights and practices of conservation ecology to create productive ecosystems and promote biodiversity.

35.Cover: Technology and the Garden

Technology and the Garden

Lee, Michael G.
Helphand, Kenneth I.

Technology and the Garden examines the role of technology in the shaping and visualization of landscapes. Essays discuss topics including the development of horticultural technologies; the construction of landscape through hydraulics, labor, and infrastructure; and the effect of emerging technologies on the experience of landscape.

36.Cover: Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation

Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation

Imbert, Dorothée

Food and the City explores the physical, social, and political relations between the production of food and urban settlements. Essays offer a variety of perspectives—from landscape and architectural history to geography—on the multiple scales and ideologies of productive landscapes across the globe from the sixteenth century to the present.

37.Cover: Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa

Beardsley, John

Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa studies landscape spaces created by and for Africans themselves, from the precolonial era to the present. Contributors explore how these landscapes were understood in the colonial era and how they are being recuperated today for nation building, identity formation, and cultural affirmation.

38.Cover: Sound and Scent in the Garden

Sound and Scent in the Garden

Ruggles, D. Fairchild

Sound and Scent in the Garden explores the experiences of sound and smell as dimensions of garden design. The contributors explore the sensory experience of gardens as places and demonstrate a wide variety of approaches to apply to the study of sensory history.

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