Landscape Architecture Reading List


Alexander, Christopher. A Pattern Language. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals. (Recommended by Kyle Brown)

Appleton, Jay. The Experience of Landscape. (Recommended by Weimin Li)

Appleyard, Donald, Kevin Lynch, and John R. Myer. The View from the Road. (Recommended by Barry Lehrman)

Austin, Mary. The Land of Little Rain. (Recommended by James Becerra)

Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Banham, Reyner. Los Angeles:  The Architecture of Four Ecologies. (Recommended by Barry Lehrman and Rennie Tang)

Beardsley, John. Earthworks and Beyond. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. (Recommended by Phil Pregill)

Booth, Norman. Residential Landscape Architecture: Design Process for the Private Residence (6th Edition). (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Campbell, Joseph. The Power of Myth. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Careri, Francesco. Walkscapes. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Causey, Andrew. Sculpture Since 1945. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Chelsea, David. Perspective! for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in your Artwork. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Ching, Frank. Architecture: Form, Space and Order. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Church, Thomas. Gardens are for People. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Cooper Marcus, Clare. People Places. (Recommended by Lee-Anne Milburn)

Corner, James (ed.). The Landscape Urbanism Reader. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Corner, James, Alex S. MacLean and Denis Cosgrove. Taking Measures Across the American Landscape. (Recommended by Rennie Tang)

Crandell, Gina. Nature Pictorialized. (Recommended by Lee-Anne Milburn)

Cullen, Gordon. The Concise Townscape. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Dana, Richard Henry. Two Years Before the Mast. (Recommended by Barry Lehrman)

Davidson, Margaret. Contemporary Drawing: Key Concepts and Techniques. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

De Sausmarez, Maurice. Basic Design: The Dynamics of Visual Form. (Recommended by Phil Pregill)

Delgado Yanes, Magali. Freehand Drawing For Architects and Interior Designers. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Doyle, Michael E. Color Drawing: Design Drawing Skills and Techniques for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Duany, Andres, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck. Suburban Nation:  The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Forman, Richard. Landscape Ecology. (Recommended by Weimin Li)

Garcia, Mark (ed.). The Diagrams of Architecture: AD Reader. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Halprin, Lawrence. The RSVP Cycles:  Creative Processes in the Human Environment. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Hanks, Kurt and Larry Belliston. Rapid Viz: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Hester, Randolph. Design for Ecological Democracy. (Recommended by Kyle Brown)

Hester, Randolph. Neighborhood Space. (Recommended by Weimin Li)

Jackson, J. B.  A Sense of Place, A Sense of Time. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine and Rennie Tang)

Jackson, J. B.  American Space:  The Centennial Years, 1865-1876. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Jackson, J. B. Discovering the Vernacular Landscape. (Recommended by Barry Lehrman)

Jacobs, Allan B.  Great Streets. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine and Rennie Tang)

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine and Weimin Li)

Jellicoe, Geoffrey Alan and Susan Jellicoe. The Landscape of Man:  Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Jensen, Jens. Siftings. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Kaplan, Rachel and Steve Kaplan. The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. (Recommended by Weimin Li)

Kaplan, R., S. Kaplan, and R. Ryan. With People in Mind. (Recommended by Lee-Anne Milburn)

Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. (Recommended by James Becerra)

Knight, Carolyn. Diagrams: Innovative Solutions for Graphic Designers. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Kunstler, James Howard. The Geography of Nowhere:  The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. (Recommended by James Becerra)

Laseau, Paul. Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Light, Andrew and Jonathan M. Smith. The Aesthetics of Everyday Life. (Recommended by Phil Pregill)

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods:  Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Lyle, John T. Design for Human Ecosystem. (Recommended by Weimin Li)

Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Mann, Charles. 1491. (Recommended by Kyle Brown)

Margolis, Liat and Alexander Robinson. Living Systems. (Recommended by Rennie Tang)

Marris, Emma. The Rambunctious Garden-Saving Nature in a Post-wild World. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Marsh, William. Landscape Planning and Environmental Applications. (Recommended by Weimin Li)

McCandless, David. The Visual Miscellaneum. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

McCoy, Ester and Susan Morgan. Piecing Together Los Angeles:  An Esther McCoy Reader. (Recommended by James Becerra)

McDonough, William. Cradle to Cradle- Remaking the Way we Make Things. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

McHarg, Ian. Design with Nature. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine and Weimin Li)

Mostafavi, Mohsen (ed.). Ecological Urbanism. (Recommended by Rennie Tang)

Nelson, Arthur C. and Robert E. Lang. Megapolitan America: A New Vision for Understanding America's Metropolitan Geography. (Recommended by Phil Pregill)

Newton, Norman. Design on the Land:  The Development of Landscape Architecture. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Obata, Chiura. Obata's Yosemite: Art and Letters of Obata from His Trip to the High Sierra in 1927. (Recommended by Budd Sutton)

Perry, Robert. Landscape Plants for California Gardens. (Recommended by Budd Sutton)

Pollan, Michael. Omnivores Dilemma. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Project for Public Spaces. How to Turn a Place Around. (Recommended by Lee-Anne Milburn)

Reiser, Jesse.The Atlas of Novel Tectonics. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Rose, James C. Gardens Make me Laugh. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Russell, Bertrand. A History of Western Philosophy. (Recommended by Phil Pregill)

Samara, Timothy. Making and Breaking the Grid. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)

Saramago, Jose. Seeing. (Recommended by James Becerra)

Schama, Simon. Landscape and Memory. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Seonwook, Kim. Architectural and Program Diagrams. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Shane, Grahame. Recombinant Urbanism. (Recommended by Rennie Tang)

Simonds, John Ormsbee and Barry W. Starke. Landscape Architecture:  A Manual of Planning and Design. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. (Recommended by Kyle Brown)

Smith, Joan Irvine and Jean Stern. California the Golden Land of Promise. (Recommended by Budd Sutton)

Spirn, Ann Whiston. The Language of Landscape. (Recommended by Barry Lehrman)

Spirn, Anne Whiston. The Granite Garden:  Urban Nature and Human Design. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Steinbeck, John. Grapes of Wrath. (Recommended by James Becerra and Phil Pregill)

Steiner, Frederick R. (ed.). To Heal the Earth: Selected Writings of Ian L. McHarg. (Recommended by Weimin Li)

Stern, Jean, Will South and Janet Blake. In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt. (Recommended by Budd Sutton)

Swaffield, Simon. Theory in Landscape Architecture: A Reader. (Recommended by Barry Lehrman)

Tate, Alan. Great City Parks. (Recommended by Lee-Anne Milburn)

Treib, Mark (ed.). Modern Landscape Architecture: A Critical Review. (Recommended by Rennie Tang)

Tufte, Edward. Envisioning Information. (Recommended by Andy Wilcox)

Turner, Fredrick Jackson. The Significance of the Frontier in American History. (Recommended by Barry Lehrman)

Turner, Tom. Garden History:  Philosophy and Design 2000 BC - 2000AD. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Van Sweden, James and Wolfgang Oehme. Bold Romantic Gardens. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine and Lee-Anne Milburn)

Waldheim, Charles (ed.). The Landscape Urbanism Reader. (Recommended by Rennie Tang and Barry Lehrman)

Whyte, William. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. (Recommended by Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Wilson, David Sloan. The Neighborhood Project. (Recommended by Kyle Brown)

Yee, Rendow. Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods. (Recommended by Lori Pullman)


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