"Shaping the American Landscape" explores the lives and work of
151 professionals who quite literally shaped both the land itself
and our ideas of what the American landscape means. Although the
contributors consider many important figures from the past, the
book breaks new ground by including seminal designers who are in
their twilight years, and in some cases still professionally
active, to provide a fascinating look at the modern era of design
in action. The roster of profiles extends far beyond landscape
architects to encompass professionals in many other fields,
including planning, journalism, gardening, and golf course and
The authors seek not only to bring their subjects' design
legacies to light, but also to instill a sense of stewardship for
historically meaningful examples of their art. Across North
America, key works in landscape design--from M. Paul Friedberg's
Riis Plaza Park in New York to Dan Kiley's Nationsbank Plaza in
Tampa--have already disappeared. Other iconic works, although still
extant, face serious threats of demolition. "Shaping the American
Landscape" identifies a host of public spaces deserving of
recognition, and sheds light on the process by which they may be
Organized in an accessible, encyclopedic format, "Shaping the
American Landscape" is an indispensable reference work that may
also be read simply for the pleasure of discovery. Many readers
will want to go beyond the page and personally experience some of
the landscapes described here. A generous selection of
illustrations, together with a list of surviving landscape sites
accessible to the public, brings both the subjects and their art to
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