Landscape Architecture: Recommended Resources

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This Research Guide supports the Landscape Architecture program at Virginia Tech which guides students as they address some of the most important challenges of our time: climate change; healthy living and empathetic design; urbanization; re-imagining water, food, energy and transportation; green infrastructure; remediation of spoiled and disturbed sites; and preserving critical natural resources.

Library Resources

Below is a list of library databases that can aid in landscape architecture research. An exhaustive list of library databases can be found here.

Dissertations and Theses

VTechWorks houses dissertations and these from Virginia Tech students. All other links are to external dissertations and theses.

The Course of Landscape Architecture

Starting from the dual inclination to clear land for cultivation and to enclose space for protection--the forest clearing and the walled garden--there emerges a vital and multifaceted narrative that describes our cultural relationship to, and dependence on, the landscape.

Guido Hager: on Landscape Architecture

Guido Hager has designed about 60 gardens, parks, squares, streets and promenades. Featuring more than 300 illustrations, this publication offers a close look at the cultural meaning of the garden in general.

Responsive Landscapes

This is the first book to rationalize interactive architecture and responsive technologies through the lens of contemporary landscape architectural theory. 

Landscape As Urbanism

Driven in part by environmental concerns, landscape has recently emerged as a model and medium for the city, with some theorists arguing that landscape architects are the urbanists of our age.

Ecological Urbanism

The premise of the book is that an ecological approach is urgently needed both as a remedial device for the contemporary city and an organizing principle for new cities. Ecological urbanism approaches the city without any one set of instruments and with a worldview that is fluid in scale and disciplinary approach. 

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