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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.

1. Landscape Architecture Documentation Standards: Principles, Guidelines, and Best Practices (2015)

 Best Landscape Architecture Books: The Ultimate CollectionA project will only be built as well as it is documented. This publication focuses on the key documentation needs of the landscape architectural design and construction documentation process. That includes both “design documentation” and “construction documentation” as well as all that which occurs in the transition from one phase to the other.  Documentation requirements include those components necessary to explore and define design intent, logic, physical proposals, and ultimately, the specific components included within construction and bid documents. These standards have been time-tested by over 150…
Author(s): Design Workshop

2. 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. Formatted to meet the serious student’s needs, the content in this Student Edition reflects topics covered in accredited landscape architectural programs, making it an excellent choice for a required text in landscape architecture,…
Author(s): Leonard J. Hopper

3. 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. Foundations of Landscape Architecture introduces the foundational concepts needed to effectively integrate space and form in landscape design. With over five hundred hand-rendered and digital drawings, as well as photographs, Foundations of Landscape Architecture…
Author(s): Norman Booth

4. 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. It looks at how design is represented through both drawing and modeling, and through digital techniques such as CAD and the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems). This is followed by an examination of project…
Author(s): Robert Holden, Jamie Liversedge

5. 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. Eager to push the boundaries of their creative processes and spurred by a sense of being disconnected from their briefs, today’s designers seek a greater and more immediate connection with their projects. There…
Author(s): Edward Hutchison

6. 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. Progressing from the basics into more sophisticated techniques, this guide offers clear instruction on graphic language and the design process, the basics of drafting, lettering, freehand drawing and conceptual diagramming, perspective drawing, section elevations, and more. It also features carefully sequenced exercises, a complete…
Author(s): Grant Reid

7. 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. The book explores specific techniques for creating landscape designs, including digitally rendered plans, perspectives, and diagrams, and the updated second edition offers expanded coverage of newer concepts and techniques. Readers will gain insight into the roles of different…
Author(s): Bradley Cantrell, Wes Michaels

8. 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. Together form and fabric create a morphology of landscape useful for the development of visual-spatial…
Author(s): Catherine Dee

9. 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. It serves as a guide to the many specializations within landscape architecture, such as landscape strategy and urban design.The second…
Author(s): Tim Waterman

10. 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. Instead they are occupied by server stacks and hard drives, logistics bots and mobile shelving units, autonomous cranes and container ships, robot vacuum cleaners and internet-connected toasters, driverless tractors and taxis. This issue is an atlas of sites, architectures and infrastructures that are not built…
Author(s): Liam Young

11. 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. Essential for understanding the specific connections that have been made between landscape and social, cultural, and political structures, Theory in Landscape Architecture reminds readers that the discipline of landscape architecture can be both practical and formally challenging. Covering the past fifty years of theory, this primer makes an important contribution to a student’s emerging professional ethics….
Author(s): Simon Swaffield

12. 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. Whether you are an early career researcher or a senior academic, it is essential to draw meaningful conclusions and robust answers to research questions.Research in Landscape Architecture provides guidance on the rationales needed for selecting methods and offers direction to help to frame and design academic research within the discipline. Over the last couple of decades the…
Author(s): van den Brink, Adri, Diedrich Bruns, et al.

13. 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. Major entries on key individuals, styles, movements, materials, and terms range up to several pages in length and include cross references and bibliographies for further…
Author(s): John Fleming , Hugh Honour, et al.

14. 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. Landscape Architecture Research offers a framework for advancing better design thinking solutions by supplying readers with a system of inquiry tactics that open up a wider range of research possibilities. With a logical and…
Author(s): M. Elen Deming, Simon Swaffield

15. 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. It is a concise handbook that lists and illustrates key principles in the field, presenting specific examples of how the principles can be applied in a range of scales and diverse types of landscapes around the world.Chapters cover: patches –…
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 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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