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Category Archives: Modern design

Dan Kiley: genius distilled

Regular readers will know of my great admiration for the American landscape designer Dan Kiley (1912-2004). I came across an unusual, unrealised garden plan of his, while conducting research for … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

Snotty gogs and tithe maps: the garden at Veddw

Veddw is a modern garden, laid out among the gentle hills of the Welsh borders. It has an unusual genesis: not a plantswoman’s garden, not a gardener’s garden. Instead, its … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 8 Comments

Juxtaposition

Before on this blog I have written about the mysterious French designer Elie Lainé, and about the placing of modern artworks in historic gardens. So I was delighted to see … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

How naughty we have been

I am delighted to have joined the rosta of writers at ThinkinGardens, a British website eager to encourage serious, stimulating and critical writing about designed landscapes. My first piece is Worthy … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Architecture enhancing nature

Joseph Allen Stein was a twentieth century American architect who spent much of his professional life in India. I have written before about his work at the India Habitat Centre, … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 5 Comments

A car wreck of a park?

Parc André Citroën in the southwest of Paris was created just twenty years ago, on the site of an old car factory. The only park in the capital with frontage … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

Faith in the future

Born from the trauma of partition, the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, in the Himalayan foothills, was designed as a model city and a decisive break with India’s colonial past. … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

Celebrating Dan Kiley

As regular readers will know, I am a great fan of the work of the US designer Dan Kiley. His spare, modern parks and gardens arguably made him the finest … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · 10 Comments

The greenest city?

It seems appropriate that Singapore is the only country in the world with a hybrid as its national flower, the orchid Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim.’ This is such a manicured, efficient, … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 11 Comments

Garden theme park disregards big attraction

We are in Northumberland for a couple of weeks, escaping the worst heat of the Delhi summer. A few days ago we revisited the rather pompously titled The Alnwick Garden, … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · 11 Comments

One approach to sustainable garden design

The India Habitat Centre recently hosted an event led by noted French landscape architect Pascal Cribier. Called Garden, Nature or Landscape?, the workshop allowed Cribier to explain his design approach … Continue reading

October 30, 2011 · 14 Comments

American modernism in Delhi

The US architect Joseph Allen Stein (1912 – 2001) spent the last forty years of his professional life in India. A man driven by humanitarian and environmental passions, he worked … Continue reading

August 28, 2011 · 15 Comments

The park of the future?

The city of Paris has admirable policies on biodiversity, climate change and other ‘green’ issues. Previously I’ve blogged about how these policies are playing out in the capital’s public parks … Continue reading

June 27, 2011 · 19 Comments

Good in theory

Some landscape designs look great on paper but don’t somehow work out on the ground. Here’s an example from the heart of Paris. The jardin du Carrousel is a 7-hectare … Continue reading

June 21, 2011 · 15 Comments

A Burlesque Marxist in Paris

The Brazilian Roberto Burle Marx was a modern day Renaissance man – painter, jeweller, poet, musician, sculptor, environmentalist, cook, set designer, plant hunter, landscape architect. Of course, it is those … Continue reading

May 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

A modernist fortress

Today I am delighted to be a guest contributor on Lula Alvarez’s blog, On Botanical Photography. We have jointly produced a photo-essay on on the Barbican in London, Lula taking … Continue reading

May 8, 2011 · 5 Comments

Wall-to-wall green

Landscapelover is delighted to welcome fellow blogger Lula Alvarez (aka Camer@Work) from On Botanical Photography as a guest contributor for this post. We have both been visiting and photographing the … Continue reading

March 4, 2011 · 15 Comments

Climate change à la Parisienne

Most people think about climate change with either skepticism or despair. In a new campaign, the mairie de Paris is trying to introduce a third response: optimism. A group of … Continue reading

January 4, 2011 · 4 Comments

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