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Doing Almost Nothing: The Landscapes of Georges Descombes

Marc Treib

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Oro Editions
28 November 2018
Individual architects & architectural firms; Landscape art & architecture
Until now, writings about the architect/landscape architect Georges Descombes have been relatively limited, appearing primarily in publications in Switzerland and abroad as conversations, interviews, and conference proceedings; most of them have appeared only in French. However, during his forty years of practice, Descombes has developed and applied a method unique to landscape architecture, one in which an extremely broad vision, both scientifically and culturally, shapes his thinking and projects. Descombes enters each project by attempting to understand the existing conditions on site and how, using minimal means and interventions, those conditions can be modified to meet the requirements of the programme and those appropriate to the natural or urban environment. To some critics it would appear that Descombes has always done too little on and to the site, and in some instances have condemned him for 'doing almost nothing'. Although simplicity usually demands greater concentration and study, it often yields greater rewards that result from just that restraint. Perhaps how we approach the world is more important that how we shape the world. Descombes's landscapes are instructive in this regard. AUTHOR: Marc Treib, is Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and a historian and critic of landscape and architecture who has published widely on modern and historical subjects in the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia. Recent works include Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, and Attending (ISBN 9781935935384, ORO, 2016), Pietro Porcinai and the Landscape of Modern Italy (co-editor, Routledge, 2016), John Yeon: Modern Architecture and Conservation in the Pacific Northwest (ISBN 9781935935278, ORO, 2016), and Landscapes of Modern Architecture: Wright, Mies, Neutra, Aalto, Barragan (Yale, 2017). SALES POINT:

This is the first book on George Des Combes as well as on his thinking and work 200 colour images
By:   Marc Treib
Imprint:   Oro Editions
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 203mm, 
ISBN:   9781940743844
ISBN 10:   1940743842
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   28 November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marc Treib, is Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and a historian and critic of landscape and architecture who has published widely on modern and historical subjects in the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia. Recent works include Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, and Attending (ORO, 2016), Pietro Porcinai and the Landscape of Modern Italy (co-editor, Routledge, 2016), John Yeon: Modern Architecture and Conservation in the Pacific Northwest (ORO, 2016), and Landscapes of Modern Architecture: Wright, Mies, Neutra, Aalto, Barrag n (Yale, 2017).

Reviews for Doing Almost Nothing: The Landscapes of Georges Descombes

This is a book to keep close, to delve into for sustenance, and to counter the noise and spectacle of our image-hungry contemporary culture. This book sustains the soul and inspires practice this is careful and considerate, fragile and austere, slow and strange. --Jacky Bowring, Landscape Architecture Magazine


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