Books That Inspire 2002

The Language of Landscape
Anne Whiston Spirn

Landscape architect, educator, and scholar Anne Whiston Spirn has written a lovely book that explores the idea that "entire landscapes and their features - rivers, clouds, and mountains, not only trees, birds, and people - might not only be analogous to, but even embody grammar and language." Like a braided river, Spirn's personal experiences, stories of gardens and landscapes from around the world, and wide-ranging references from poetry, literature, art, history, philosophy and science are intertwined in a lyrical narrative that reveals this language of landscape - a language necessary for our species to continue the sustainable occupation of our earth.
Deborah Dalton