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Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate Collection

There are countless Landscape Architecture courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards (2007)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe new student edition of the definitive reference on landscape architecture Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards, Student Edition is a condensed treatment of the authoritative Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards, Professional Edition. Designed to give students the critical information they require, this is an essential reference for anyone studying landscape architecture and design.
Author(s): Leonard J. Hopper

Foundations of Landscape Architecture: Integrating Form and Space Using the Language of Site Design (2011)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionA visually engaging introduction to landscape architectural design Landscape architectural design seeks to create environments that accommodate users’ varying lifestyles and needs, incorporate cultural heritage, promote sustainability, and integrate functional requirements for optimal enjoyment.
Author(s): Norman Booth

Landscape Architecture: An Introduction (2014)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionAimed at prospective and new students, this book gives a comprehensive introduction to the nature and practise of landscape architecture, the professional skills required and the latest developments.After discussing the history of the profession, the book explains the design process through principles such as hierarchy, human scale, unity, harmony, asymmetry, color, form, and texture.
Author(s): Robert Holden, Jamie Liversedge

Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Sketch to Screen to Site (2019)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis new paperback combines traditional drawing techniques with those from CAD renderings to guide practitioners from their first impression of a site through concept, construction, and site drawings. Across design disciplines, drawing by hand has largely become a lost art. With digital tools at their disposal, the majority of designers create while sitting at their computer screens. Attitudes are changing, however.
Author(s): Edward Hutchison

Landscape Graphics: Plan, Section, and Perspective Drawing of Landscape Spaces (2002)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionAnnouncing the new revised edition of the classic industry reference! Landscape Graphic is the architect’s ultimate guide to all the basic graphics techniques used in landscape design and landscape architecture.
Author(s): Grant Reid

Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Contemporary Techniques and Tools for Digital Representation in Site Design (2014)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionDigital Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Contemporary Techniques and Tools for Digital Representation in Site Design, Second Edition bridges the gap between traditional analog and new digital tools by applying timeless concepts of representation to enhance design work in digital media.
Author(s): Bradley Cantrell, Wes Michaels

Form and Fabric in Landscape Architecture: A Visual Introduction (2001)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionForm and Fabric in Landscape Architecture provides an original, visual approach to the study of landscape architecture by creating a spatial morphology based on use and experience of landscapes. It explores aesthetic, spatial and experiential concepts by providing a structure through which landscapes can be understood and conceived in design. ‘Fabric’ is the integrated structure of whole landscapes, while ‘form’ refers to the components that make up this fabric.
Author(s): Catherine Dee

The Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture (2015)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionFrom climate change to sustainable communities, landscape architecture is at the forefront of today’s most crucial issues and this book provides an introduction to the key elements of this broad field. The Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture explains the process of designing for sites, calling upon historical precedent and evolving philosophies to discuss how a project moves from concept to realization.
Author(s): Tim Waterman

Machine Landscapes: Architectures of the Post Anthropocene (Architectural Design) (2019)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe most significant architectural spaces in the world are now entirely empty of people. The data centres, telecommunications networks, distribution warehouses, unmanned ports and industrialised agriculture that define the very nature of who we are today are at the same time places we can never visit.
Author(s): Liam Young

Theory in Landscape Architecture: A Reader (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture) (2002)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionHere, for students and practitioners of landscape architecture, architecture, and planning, is a single resource for seminal theoretical texts in the field.
Author(s): Simon Swaffield

Research in Landscape Architecture: Methods and Methodology (2016)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionDefining a research question, describing why it needs to be answered and explaining how methods are selected and applied are challenging tasks for anyone embarking on academic research within the field of landscape architecture.
Author(s): van den Brink, Adri, Diedrich Bruns, et al.

The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (2000)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis is a major revision and expansion of what has long been recognized as a basic reference in its field. Besides updating the existing text, the authors have broadened the book by including many new entries on landscape architecture as well as by significantly increasing their treatment of American architects and architecture. This is a highly readable work, worldwide in scope, covering architecture from ancient times to the present.
Author(s): John Fleming , Hugh Honour, et al.

Landscape Architectural Research: Inquiry, Strategy, Design (2011)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionAs the scope of landscape architecture expands to engage with other disciplines, and streams of information directing this field continue to grow and diversify, it becomes increasingly important for landscape architects to be able to implement a range of effective research strategies when seeking, creating, and validating knowledge.
Author(s): M. Elen Deming, Simon Swaffield

Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning (1996)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionLandscape ecology has emerged in the past decade as an important and useful tool for land-use planners and landscape architects. While professionals and scholars have begun to incorporate aspects of this new field into their work, there remains a need for a summary of key principles and how they might be applied in design and planning.This volume fills that need.
Author(s): Wenche Dramstad, James D. Olson, et al.

Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some landscape architecture books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Mirei Shigemori - Rebel in the Garden: Modern Japanese Landscape Architecture

Author(s): Christian Tschumi
ID: 2798875, Publisher: Birkhäuser, Year: 2020, Size: 40 Mb, Format: pdf

Active Landscape Photography: Theoretical Groundwork for Landscape Architecture

Author(s): Anne C Godfrey
ID: 2858034, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 44 Mb, Format: pdf

Modern Mobility Aloft: Elevated Highways, Architecture, and Urban Change in Pre-Interstate America

Author(s): Amy D. Finstein
ID: 2898969, Publisher: Temple University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 50 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really best-sellers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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