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Topos: all over the world (2 MB)
Monday, June 12, 2006

Consider subscribing to Topos, a publication exploring the width and breadth of Landscape Architecture Projects from across the globe.                                                                                                                                  

Isle of Scilly, UK (5 MB)
March 31, 2006 
 By: Dr. Jon Bryan Burley tresco

There is an outdoor tropical landscape closer to the North Pole than most of Minnesota. In North America at this latitude, somewhere between Morden, Manitoba, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, the winter temperatures can reach minus 30 to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet travel almost 5,000 miles directly to the east, in the Atlantic Ocean and one will find the Isles of Scilly, where the temperatures rarely fall below freezing and tropical plants abound at the Tresco Abbey Garden.

The Algarve: Portugal's Mediterranean Landscape (5 MB)
September 19, 2005
Dr. Jon Bryan Burley, ASLA
Director of Landscape Architecture Program at
Michigan State University

During the fall of 2003, I had the opportunity to live in Faro, Portugal during a Fulbright. The Algarve is the most southern province of Portugal. The name is derived from Arabic (al-Gharb or al-Andalus), meaning west of Andalucia, where Andalucia is the southern region of Spain which includes the cities of Sevilla, Acrocs, Tarifa, Granada, Ronda, and Cordoba. In the Algarve, Faro is the provincial/district capital, inhabited by the Phoenicians, then the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moslems. The southwest corner of the Algarve was called, "the end of the world" by the Greeks. During the Roman occupations, north of the Algarve in central Portugal, the land was known as Lusitania.

bomicon Portugal's Bom Jesus de Monte (8 MB) 
 September 19, 2005
 By: Dr. Jon Bryan Burley  

For the most part, the use of the design concept and the design process is a construct of the 20th Century, promoted formatively in the last century by the Prairie School architects such as Walter Burley Griffin and the Bauhaus designers, such as painter and educator Paul Klee. However, there are sites around the globe containing strong concepts that were developed long before the modernists of the 20th Century. One of these sites is Portugal's Bom Jesus de Monte.