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Landscape as a Way of Life. Lectures by Roberto Burle Marx | Gareth Doherty | 9783037783795

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Roberto Burle Marx Lectures

Landscape as Art and Urbanism - revised edition

Auteur:Gareth Doherty

Uitgever:Lars Müller

ISBN: 978-3-03778-625-3

  • Paperback
  • Engels
  • 288 pagina's
  • 27 dec. 2019

Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) remains one of the leading landscape architects ever. The significance of his landscape design lies in his use of abstract shapes that rarely employ symmetry, and his use of tropical, mainly Brazilian, flora. His distinctive and widely acclaimed work has been featured and referenced in numerous sources, yet few of Burle Marx’s own words have been published.

The book 'Roberto Burle Marx Lectures. Landscape as Art and Urbanism' now in second revised edition with previously unpublished lectures fills this void. The lectures, delivered on international speaking tours, address topics such as: 'The Garden as an Art in Living', 'Gardens and Ecology', and 'The Problem of Garden Lighting'. Their timely publication helps shed light on Burle Marx’s distinctive style and ethos of landscape as a way of life.

The lectures paint a picture of Burle Marx not just as a gardener, artist and botanist, but as a landscape architect whose ambition was to bring radical change to cities and society. The lectures are framed by photographs, by Leonardo Finotti, of a selection of Burle Marx’s realized projects.


Gareth Doherty is lecturer in landscape architecture and urban planning and design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) remains one of the leading landscape architects ever. The significance of his landscape design lies in his use of abstract shapes that rarely employ symmetry, and his use of tropical, mainly Brazilian, flora. His distinctive and widely acclaimed work has been featured and referenced in numerous sources, yet few of Burle Marx’s own words have been published.

The book 'Roberto Burle Marx Lectures. Landscape as Art and Urbanism' now in second revised edition with previously unpublished lectures fills this void. The lectures, delivered on international speaking tours, address topics such as: 'The Garden as an Art in Living', 'Gardens and Ecology', and 'The Problem of Garden Lighting'. Their timely publication helps shed light on Burle Marx’s distinctive style and ethos of landscape as a way of life.

The lectures paint a picture of Burle Marx not just as a gardener, artist and botanist, but as a landscape architect whose ambition was to bring radical change to cities and society. The lectures are framed by photographs, by Leonardo Finotti, of a selection of Burle Marx’s realized projects.


Gareth Doherty is lecturer in landscape architecture and urban planning and design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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