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Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes

Margie Ruddick



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Island Press
17 March 2016
Environmentally-friendly architecture & design; Landscape art & architecture; Sustainability; Urban & municipal planning; Gardening
Can nature-in all its unruly wildness-be an integral part of creative landscape design? Award-winning designer Margie Ruddick stretches the boundaries of landscape design, offering readers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach to sustainable landscapes-one that looks beyond the rules often imposed by both landscaping convention and sustainability checklists.

Wild by Design defines and explains the five fundamental strategies Ruddick employs, often in combination, to give life, beauty, and meaning to landscapes: Reinvention, Restoration, Conservation, Regeneration, and Expression.
By:   Margie Ruddick
Imprint:   Island Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   2nd ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 204mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   635g
ISBN:   9781610915984
ISBN 10:   1610915984
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   17 March 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

For over twenty years, Margie Ruddick has been recognised for her pioneering work in landscape design. Winner of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in landscape architecture, Ruddick has crafted an innovative approach to design that brings together aspects of the landscape that seem to contrast, wild and urban, formally ordered and free, with attention to the messy margins where life happens. She has designed numerous high-profile projects including New York City's Queens Plaza, the Urban Garden Room at One Bryant Park, Shillim Institute and Retreat in India's Western Ghats, and the Living Water Park in Chengdu, China. Elle Decor named Ruddick one of five landscape designers who are reshaping our world and Dwell identified her as a Landscape Design Icon. Ruddick has taught at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, Yale, Princeton, Parsons School of Design, and more. She is principal of Margie Ruddick Landscape.

Reviews for Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes

Great images, good story. This is a book every architect should read. --Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP [one of] spring's most enticing design books --New York Magazine Richly illustrated --San Francisco Book Review Margie Ruddick artfully explores whether nature, in all its unruly wildness, can be an integral part of design. --DuJour Spaces designed to be wild should still have a beautiful feel, says Ruddick in her well-produced book with colour photographs to inspire landscape designers, landcare managers, urban planners and home gardenders alike. --Nexus Told in first person, Ruddick's entertaining prose is strongest when imparting valuable lessons learned from years of practice through anecdotal storytelling about her own experiments and conversations with clients and collaborators, giving readers a view into the many types of people and projects that pass through a landscape architecture office. --Spacing Margie's amazing projects and her philosophy of going 'wild' maker her book Wild by Design a fascinating read. --Garden Rant Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout with color photography, Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes ... should be on the personal reading lists of every aspiring and practicing landscape designer. --Midwest Book Review Recommended reading --Better Homes & Gardens An elegant exposition of the importance of artistry in the practice of sustainable landscape design, Wild by Design is essential reading from one of the field's foremost innovators, National Design Award winner Margie Ruddick. --Caroline Baumann, Director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Wild by Design will redefine the way you think about landscapes, particularly the interaction between human activity and the natural world. What sets this book apart is the primacy Margie Ruddick gives aesthetics, beauty, and creativity in making sustainable landscapes, folding conventional green practices into a design context, and into the social and cultural elements always at play in creating or enhancing a sense of place. She offers equal parts inspiration, information, and instruction, complemented by stunning photographs. --Walter Hood, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley

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