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FILL-IN THE BLANKS with basic facts. Search reference sources for an overview of your precedent.Note particular keywords, terms, authors, bibliographies, and footnotes. Learn specific project names, designers, locations, and dates designed and constructed. Add this information to your deconstruction notes. Use your facts to help your search. If you don't have enough information on your specific site, try searching for the designer, the style of the site or a survey of multiple sites within that country.
UCB only Klaus-Jürgen Evert. Berlin: Springer Berlin, 2010. Directions:Whether searching for a specific term or browsing, with your initial click on an entry, you will be directed to an abstract page. The definition and alternate language terms are not on this page. Click on the View Printer Friendly Version link. This will take you to the definition and translation page or a see also page. For see also pages, click on the alternate term given.
Dictionary of today's landscape designers, Pierluigi Nicolin, Francesco Repishti, eds. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003. For 86 international contemporary landscape architects and designers, engineers, artists, and more, provides a biographical note, a list of works and related bibliography, and color photographs of significant designs.
Pioneers of American landscape design, Charles A. Birnbaum, Robin Karson, eds. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2000. Contains excellent biographical essays about 160 American landscape architects and designers and their work. Each essay includes a brief bibliography. Illustrated.
Great city parks, by Alan Tate. NY: Spon Press, 2004. Covers 20 public parks in 14 American and Western European cities.
Encyclopedia of gardens: history and design, Chicago Botanic Garden. Candice A. Shoemaker, ed. 3 vols. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. Excellent source for landscape design history. Substantive signed articles are illustrated; each includes a brief bibliography. Chronologies of selected projects are given for landscape designers.
Electronic version of The 34 vol. Dictionary of art, Jane Turner, ed. NY: Grove, 1996. Contains 45,000+ articles on the visual arts, including architecture, from prehistory to the present. Excellent bibliographies and links to images and related sites.
Online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 volumes). Contains articles on every aspect of visual arts including painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography. Also includes biographical information on major artists, bibliographical references and links to images. (Part of the Oxford Art Online suite.)
Includes more millions of articles written collaboratively by contributors around the world. The site is a "wiki" which means that anyone can edit articles simply by clicking on the "edit this page" link that appears at the top of each page.
General Histories & Surveys
General histories and surveys provide an overview and the context of a topic, with dates, locations, special sites, and the names of architects or designers. They usually include bibliographies. Here is a sample of the landscape architecture histories and surveys in the Environmental Design Library.
1000 x landscape architecture, project coordination, Chris van Uffelen. [London: Thames & Hudson distributor], 2009. Includes photographs, plans, and drawings of gardens and parks. International. Coverage is approximately 1999-2009.
Landscape architects, by Martin Ashton. Mexico D.F., Mexico: Atrium Internacional de Mexico, 2002. Features the work of 19 international modern landscape architects and firms. Well-illustrated. Text in English and Spanish.
Urban spaces: new city parks, by Jacobo Krauel; text contributed by the architects, ed. and transl. by William George and Jay Noden. [Barcelona]: Links, 2008. Includes photographs and plans. International.