Suggested Reading Lists

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Suggested Reading List for BLA and MLA Students

Faculty Reccommendations:
Amidon, Jane.  Radical Landscapes: Reinventing Outdoor Space, 2001.
Beardsley, John.  Earthworks and Beyond, 1998.
Berger, Alan.  Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America, 2006.
Corner, James, ed.  Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture, 1999.
Corner, James, Julia Czerniak, and George Hargreaves.  Large Parks, 2007.
Cosgrove, Denis and Stephen Daniels, eds.  The Iconography of Landscape, 1989.
Cosgrove, Denis.  Social Formation and Symbolic Landscape, 1984/1998.
Harris, Dianne and D. Fairchild Ruggles, eds.  Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision, 2007.
Hester, Randolph and Mark Francis, eds.  The Meaning of Gardens, 1990.
Hester, Randolph.  Design for Ecological Democracy, 2006.
Holt, Nancy, ed.  The Writings of Robert Smithson, 1979.
Jackson, J. B.  The Necessity of Ruins, 1980.
Jacobs, Jane.  Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961.
Kaplan, Rachel, Stephen Kaplan, and Robert Ryan.  With People in Mind: Design and Management of Everyday Nature, 1998.
Kostof, Spiro.  America By Design, 1987.
Kostof, Spiro.  The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meaning Through History, 1991.
Leopold, Aldo.  A Sand County Almanac, 1949/1989.
Louv, Richard.  Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, 2005.
Lynch, Kevin and Gary Hack.  Site Planning, 1986.
Lynch, Kevin.  Image of the City, 1960.
Marx, Leo.  The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America, 1967.
McHarg, Ian.  Design With Nature, 1969.
McPhee, John.  Control of Nature, 1989.
Meinig, D. W., ed.  The Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes, 1979.
Mitchell, Don.  The Lie of the Land: Migrant Workers and the California Landscape, 1996.
Pollan, Michael.  Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education, 1991.
Reed, Peter.  Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape, 2005.
Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow.  Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History, 2001.
Solnit, Rebecca.  A Field Guide to Getting Lost, 2005.
Solnit, Rebecca.  Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West, 1999.
Stilgoe, John.  Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places, 1998.
Stilgoe, John.  Common Landscape of America, 1580-1845, 1982.
Swaffield, Simon.  Theory in Landscape Architecture: A Reader, 2002.
Thayer, Rob.  Gray World, Green Heart: Technology, Nature, and Sustainable Landscape, 1994.
Thompson, George and Frederick Steiner, eds.  Ecological Design and Planning, 1996.
Treib, Marc, ed.  Modern Landscape Architecture: A Critical Review, 1993.
Treib, Marc.  Settings and Stray Paths, 2005.
Tuan, Yi Fu.  Topophilia: A Study in Environmental Perception, Attitudes, and Values, 1974.
Tuan, Yi Fu.  Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience, 1977.
Waldheim, Charles, ed.  Landscape Urbanism Reader, 2006.
Weilacher, Udo.  Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art, 1996.
Whyte, William H.  The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, 1980.

Students are also encouraged to read about the works of individual designers including: Thomas Church, Garret Eckbo, James Rose, Daniel Urban Kiley, Lawrence Halprin, Hideo Sasaki, Peter Walker, George Hargreaves, Martha Schwartz, Adrien Geuze/West 8, James Corner, Julie Bargman, Laurie Olin, Roberto Burle Marx, Kathyrn Gustafson, and many more.

Please also see the following journals: Landscape Architecture Magazine, Land Forum, Landscape Journal, Landscape Research, Journal of Landscape Architecture, Topos: European Landscape Magazine

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Selected List of Suggested General Readings for PhD Students

Faculty Recommendations
Anderson, Benedict.  Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, 2006.
Andrews, Malcolm.  Landscape and Western Art, 2000.
Barrell, John.  The Dark Side of the Landscape: The Rural Poor in English Painting 1730-1840, 1980.
Basso, Keith.  Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apaches, 1996.
Benjamin, Walter, Rolf Tiedmann, Howard Eiland, and Kevin McLaughlin.  The Arcades Project, 2002.
Bermingham, Anne.  Landscape and Ideology: The English Rustic Tradition, 1740-1860, 1986.
Bourdieu, Pierre.  Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, 2007.
Bourdieu, Pierre and Richard Nice.  The Logic of Practice, 1992.
Cosgrove, Denis.  Social Formation and Symbolic Landscape, 1984/1998.
Cosgrove, Denis and Stephen Daniels, eds.  The Iconography of Landscape, 1989.
Cronon, William.  Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, 1992.
Cronon, William, ed.  Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature, 1996.
de Certeau, Michel.  The Practice of Everyday Life, 2002.
Debord, Guy.  Society of the Spectacle, 2006.
DeLue, Rachel and James Elkins, eds.  Landscape Theory, 2008.
Foucault, Michel and Paul Rabinow.  The Foucault Reader, 1984.
Freire, Paolo and Myra Berman Ramos.  Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 2000.
Glacken, Clarence.  Traces on the Rhodian Shore, 1969.
Glassie, Henry.  Material Culture, 1999.
Groth, Paul and Chris Wilson, eds.  Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies After J. B. Jackson, 2003.
Habermas, Jurgen.  The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, 1991.
Harris, Dianne and D. Fairchild Ruggles, eds.  Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision, 2007.
Harvey, David.  The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change, 1992.
Harvey, David.  Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference, 1997.
Hoskins, W. G.  The Making of the English Landscape, 1985.
Hubbard, Phil, Rob Kitchin, and Gill Valentine, eds.  Key Thinkers on Space and Place, 2004.
Jackson, J. B.  The Necessity for Ruins, and Other Topics, 1980.
Kosek, Jake.  Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico, 2006.
Lefevbre, Henri.  The Production of Space, 1984. Merchant Carolyn, ed.  Key Concepts in Critical Theory: Ecology, 1994.
Merchant, Carolyn.  The Death of Nature, 1990.
Merchant, Carolyn and Thomas Paterson, eds.  Major Problems in American Environmental History, 2006.
Mitchell, Don.  The Lie of the Land, 1996.
Mitchell, Don.  The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space, 2003.
Mitchell, W. J. T.  Landscape and Power, 2nd Edition, 2002.
Olwig, Ken.  Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic: From Britain’s Renaissance to America’s New World, 2002.
Said, Edward.  Orientalism, 1979/2003.
Scourse, Nicolette.  The Victorians and Their Flowers, 1984.
Stilgoe, John.  Common Landscape of America, 1580-1845, 1983.
*and general familiarity with additional works by Stilgoe.
Sugrue, Thomas J.  The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit, 2005.
Upton, Dell.  Architecture in the United States, 1998.
*and general familiarity with additional works by Upton
Upton, Dell and John Michael Vlach, eds.  Common Places: Readings in American Vernacular Architecture, 1986.
Williams, Raymond.  The Country and The City, 1973.
Williams, Raymond.  Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, 1985.
Young, James.  Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning, 1994.

General familiarity with the contents of the various survey texts in landscape and garden history as well as Kostof’s History of Architecture.

General familiarity with the contents of key journals from the past decade:  Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscape, Cultural Geography, Environmental History, etc.

General Familiarity with books in the Dumbarton Oaks publication series for Landscape Studies.

History/Cultural Factors Publications by Faculty of UIUC Landscape Architecture Department:

Benes, Mirka and Dianne Harris, eds.  Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France, 2001.
Harris, Dianne.  The Nature of Authority: Villa Culture, Landscape, and Representation in Eighteenth-Century Lombardy, 2003.
Harris, Dianne.  Maybeck’s Landscapes: Drawing in Nature, 2005.
Harris, Dianne and D. Fairchild Ruggles, eds.  Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision, 2007.
Harris, Dianne, Guest Editor.  Special Issue of Landscape Journal on “Race and Space,” Spring, 2007.
Lawson, Laura.  City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America, 2005.
Ruggles, D. Fairchild, ed.  Women, Patronage, and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies, 2000.
Ruggles, D. Fairchild.  Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain, 2000.
Ruggles, D. Fairchild.  Islamic Gardens and Landscapes, 2007.
Sinha, Amita, ed.  Landscape Perception, 1995.
Sinha, Amita.  Landscapes in India: Forms and Meanings, 2006.

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