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Wild By Design

Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes

Authors: Ruddick, Margie

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  • Presenting the first published book of Cooper Hewitt National Design Award winner, Margie Ruddick
  • Showcases the high‑profile landscape designer’s design aesthetic with hundreds of four‑color photographs
  • Offers a flexible, customizable approach to creating sustainable landscapes as a welcome alternative to the checklist‑heavy LEED rating system
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Can nature—in all its unruly wildness—be an integral part of creative landscape design? In her beautifully illustrated book, Wild by Design, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick urges designers to look beyond the rules often imposed by both landscaping convention and sustainability checklists. Instead, she offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the entrenched belief that natural processes cannot complement high-level landscape design.
 
Wild by Design defines and explains the five fundamental strategies Ruddick employs, often in combination, to give life, beauty, and meaning to landscapes: Reinvention, Restoration, Conservation, Regeneration, and Expression. Drawing on her own projects—from New York City’s Queens Plaza, formerly a concrete jungle of traffic, to a desertscape backyard in Baja, California, to the Living Water Park in Chengdu, China—she offers guidance on creating beautiful, healthy landscapes that successfully reconnect people with larger natural systems. 

A revealing look into the approach of one of sustainable landscape design’s most innovative practitioners, Wild by Design stretches the boundaries of landscape design, offering readers a set of broader, more flexible strategies and practical examples that allow for the unexpected exuberance of nature to be a welcome part of our gardens, parks, backyards, and cities.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • How Did We Get Here?

    Pages 1-13

    Ruddick, Margie

  • A Laboratory for Wild By Design

    Pages 15-43

    Ruddick, Margie

  • Reinvention

    Pages 45-75

    Ruddick, Margie

  • Restoration

    Pages 77-129

    Ruddick, Margie

  • Conservation

    Pages 131-167

    Ruddick, Margie

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-61091-599-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wild By Design
Book Subtitle
Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Author
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-599-1
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-599-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 243
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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