Publisher: Birkhäuser, ISBN: 9783035626551, Edited by: Ana Kučan and Mateja Kurir, Format: Hardcover, 240 x 170 mm, 320pp
Never before had the garden to fulfil so many demands as it does today. It is a refuge from digitalised life and acts as a bridge to nature. As a man-made place where plants grow, it is cultivated and untameable at the same time. While for centuries the gardener’s ambition was to control and subjugate nature, today it serves more as a place for retreat, a possible surrogate for wilderness, a habitat for animals or it fulfils the dream of self-sufficiency. In this book, landscape architects, sociologists, architects, artists, art historians, writers, poets and philosophers illuminate manifold aspects of the garden in the Anthropocene in several chapters: the garden as a place of community, garden as art, garden as a place of enchantment and rapture, opening up questions of what garden as a model could stand for. The beguiling images by the renowned photographer Anne Schwalbe create a narrative in its own right.