History of Landscape Architecture Celebrated In New Book


Washington, D.C. -The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Spacemaker Press just published 100 Years of Landscape Architecture: Some Patterns of a Century, a book written by Melanie Simo that traces the evolution of landscape architecture from 1899-1999. The book-intended to enlighten consumers, decision makers and the general public about landscape architecture-may be purchased through the ASLA Bookstore for $49.95. To order, call 1-800-787-2665 or 301-843-8567 or visit the bookstore on ASLA's web site,

"Since the work of landscape architecture surrounds us-such as New York City's Central Park, Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Grounds, Virginia's Monticello and San Francisco's Pioneer Square-it's exciting to see a book that reflects on this rich history," said ASLA Executive Vice President Peter Kirsch.

The 350-page retrospective book, which commemorates ASLA's centennial, tracks the growth of the profession and the Society and addresses issues that have shaped the profession. Simo examines how design theory evolved, how gender issues played out and how diversity has been prevalent within this profession. Since its origins, landscape architecture has been one of the most diversified of the design professions. Landscape architects have designed the built environment of neighborhoods, towns and cities while also protecting and managing the natural environment.

"It is the most contemporary and thorough history of landscape architecture available," said landscape architect Todd Steadman, ASLA, publisher of Landscape Architecture magazine. "Because of its blend of beautiful photography and detailed analysis of the profession, I think it will appeal to both design professionals and the general public."

The book comes at the end of a yearlong celebration, honoring ASLA's 100th anniversary. Other centennial events that celebrate landscape architecture include 100 Parks, 100 Years, a national effort to renew or build 100 parks and open spaces across America, and the Medallion program, which recognizes significant landscapes that have contributed to our country's communities, history and culture.

The American Society of Landscape Architects, founded in 1899, represents more than 13,000 members nationwide. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation. Typical projects include site design and planning, town and urban planning, regional planning, preparation of environmental impact plans, garden design, historic preservation, and parks/recreation design and planning. Landscape architects hold undergraduate or graduate degrees. They are licensed to practice in 46 states and are required to pass a rigorous national three-day examination.


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