The Landscape of Man

The Landscape of Man

Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day

  1. Geoffrey Jellicoe
  2. Susan Jellicoe
  • ISBN 9780500278192
  • 28.30 x 23.20 cm
  • Paperback
  • 408pp
  • 746 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • 6 maps
  • First published 1995
‘Essential Reading for landscape architects, and should become a textbook for everyone interested in the philosophy and practice or environental improvement… Clearly this book is a major environmental event’ – Design
'An astonishingly clear study of the man-made landscape of the world, its beginnings, its history and its future''– Daily Telegraph
The Compass of this excellent book is quite staggering'– Financial Times

From small gardens to complete cities, humans have always moulded their environment to express or symbolize ideas – power, order, comfort, harmony, pleasure, mystery. It is Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe's distiction to have realized that these are manifestations of a single process, and to have linked them all together.

Taking twenty-eight 'cultures' from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Post-Renaissance West, the authors first summarize the social and intellectual background, then describe how this is expressed in in terms of landscape, and finally demonstrate their case in a series of picture spreads showing what actually happpened. The final section – about a fifth of the whole – is devoted to planning since 1945.

This edition has been revised and expanded to bring the text completely up to date, and show the implications of today's trends in landscape architecture and planning for tomorrow's world.