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Contemporary Garden Aesthetics, Creations and Interpretations

Contemporary Garden Aesthetics, Creations and Interpretations

Edited by Michel Conan

ISBN 9780884023258

Publication date: 06/30/2007

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, the authors demonstrate a renewal of garden design and new directions for garden aesthetics, analyzing projects by Fernando Chacel (Brazil), Andy Goldsworthy (Great Britain), Charles Jencks (Great Britain), Patricia Johanson (U.S.), Dieter Kienast (Switzerland), Bernard Lassus (France), and Mohammed Shaheer (India). The first half of the volume begins with an argument for a return to John Dewey’s focus on “Art as Experience,” while the second half concludes with a debate on the respective roles of cognition and the senses, and of science and the visual arts.


  • Michel Conan is the former Director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

Book Details

  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection