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By Margie Ruddick

ISBN-10: 1597269492

ISBN-13: 9781597269490

ISBN-10: 1610915992

ISBN-13: 9781610915991

Can nature—in all its unruly wildness—be a vital part of inventive panorama layout? In her superbly illustrated booklet, Wild by way of Design, award-winning dressmaker Margie Ruddick urges designers to appear past the foundations usually imposed through either landscaping conference and sustainability checklists. as a substitute, she bargains a collection of rules for a extra inventive and intuitive procedure that demanding situations the entrenched trust that normal techniques can't supplement high-level panorama design.
Wild by means of layout defines and explains the 5 basic concepts Ruddick employs, frequently together, to provide existence, attractiveness, and aspiring to landscapes: Reinvention, recovery, Conservation, Regeneration, and Expression. Drawing on her personal projects—from manhattan City’s Queens Plaza, previously a concrete jungle of site visitors, to a desertscape yard in Baja, California, to the residing Water Park in Chengdu, China—she deals suggestions on developing attractive, fit landscapes that effectively reconnect individuals with greater normal systems.
A revealing inspect the process of 1 of sustainable panorama design’s such a lot leading edge practitioners, Wild by means of Design stretches the bounds of panorama layout, providing readers a suite of broader, extra versatile recommendations and functional examples that permit for the unforeseen exuberance of nature to be a welcome a part of our gardens, parks, backyards, and cities.

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Often I would hijack a crew from a neighbor’s yard, offering them $50, and they would go at it, but somehow, mysteriously, when I tried to get them back for another pass they would be tied up. My landscape scared even the landscapers. In a bid to appease the neighbors and attract some skilled landscape help, I decided to clean up the edges of my messifying front yard. I mowed straight strips of meadow and overseeded them with turf grass, creating a tidy border around the property on the sidewalk and driveway sides, and a nice clean lawn path curving up from the sidewalk to the side yard.

But really good artists do not just express an idea using whatever methods happen to come to mind. They often ask a question, and then give themselves a set of rules to follow, and then follow that process, seeing where it takes them, filtering the results through a highly critical eye, or ear, or whatever sense the art form appeals to. I hope readers do not take away from this classification the idea that any given project will use one strategy and one strategy alone. There are elements of all strategies in many projects.

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