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The Garden Festival in Urban Planning and Design

Andrew Theokas

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ISBN: 9780853235392

Publication: October 1, 2004

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Garden Festivals are more than temporary horticultural expositions. Complex and phased, these projects have additional significance as planning stratagems, reclamation projects, public art venues, and precursors of new urban parks. Their scope extends well beyond that implied by the term ‘garden festival’. Typically exceeding 50 hectares, they stimulate development and steer site design through a unique merger of domestic garden culture with a large-scale urban project. A general discussion of the origins, formative elements and chronology of the generic event followed by cross-cultural reviews and analyses of numerous recent festivals and their site legacies form the core of this first comprehensive book on the subject. Recent installations have been responsive to the ascendance of open space as a critical planning element while forthcoming events now develop in the midst of a trend towards the holistic initiatives of urban landscape planning, giving them a renewed relevance for urban design. The author has explored over fifteen festival sites and documents this study using government reports, interview transcripts, thematic maps, master plans, and other primary source material.

Andrew C. Theokas is a lecturer at the Boston Architectural Center. Prior to teaching, he was a practicing landscape architect.

Acknowledgements Preface 1. Introduction 2. The German Garden Shows 3. The Dutch Floriades 4. The British Garden Festivals 5. Festivals Foreign and Familiar 6. Patterns and Prospects Bibliography Image credits Index

Andrew Theokas provides a comprehensive, insightful description and analysis of this significant landscape design phenomenon. We now live in the first urban century and face numerous urban restoration challenges. As a result, an understanding of garden festivals will be helpful for landscape architecture and planning in the twenty-first century.
Frederick Steiner   Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin

A lifelong and intense study has resulted in a fascinating book, revealing the role of the ephemeral world garden expositions in long-term urban (park) planning.
Michiel den Ruijter   Wageningen University / Hogeschool Larenstein, The Netherlands

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

300 Pages

ISBN: 9780853235392

Publication: October 1, 2004

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