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Paris en ses jardins

Paris en ses jardins

Jan SYNOWIECKI

Be they royal or princely, Paris’s 18th-century gardens must have offered urban dwellers some salutary islet amidst the fetid fumes and miasmata of the city. Far from static entities in their verdant settings, simple rural enclosures in the heart of the city, these areas were perfectly integrated within the urban fabric. Hence, this book proposes a genuine microphysical delve into Parisian nature, from the damage caused by moles to the pruning of trees. The material and living history of 18th-century Parisian gardens also offers us a remarkably faithful reproduction of a world composed of tiny mutual elements with their share of disputes between jurisdictions, police regulations and tension among the various social users of the garden area.

ISBN : 979-10-267-0968-8

Publication date : May 2021

Publisher : Champ Vallon

Number of pages : 456 pages

Fleurs

Fleurs

Marco MARTELLA

Above the hornbeams in the park, he could see the tips of the trees that grow beyond the confines of the estate, in the forests, where he dreamed of taking a walk. He knew that, in the springtime, the undergrowth was swathed in anemones and bluebells; he caught glimpses of them from the window of the family saloon when he left the estate with his parents and, two or three times, he had even seen the sea in the distance. That was where the real world was, that boundless territory where you could freely stroll along the paths, losing yourself in the woods, towards the unknown, just like in the tales of adventure he read in his bed at night.

ISBN : 978-2-330-14918-5

Publication date : April 2021

Publisher : Actes Sud

Number of pages : 208 pages

Paysages. L’héritage de Le Nôtre

Paysages. L’héritage de Le Nôtre

Under the direction of Michel AUDOUY and Chiara SANTINI

What we retain of classical gardens today is often contrary to André Le Nôtre’s (1613-1700) contribution to landscape and garden art. The landscaping mindset of this designer in his own right is not a simple matter of immaculately lined plant and flower beds or monotonous perspectives, but offers a whole territorial organisation, a networking of the different spacial entities that comprise estates, an urban development.
To speak of Le Nôtre today as the ‘father’ of all modern landscapers may appear totally anachronic, almost an ‘a posteriori’ appropriation. In his lifetime, he who designed the gardens of King Louis XIV was never referred to as a ‘landscaper’ for, at the time, the word was exclusively attributed to landscape painters. It was only in the 19th century that, alongside this early definition, that of ‘park and garden designer’ appeared, to integrate dictionaries of common language much later, in the 20th century. Yet, Le Nôtre is an integral part of French landscaping history, as a representative of the disciplinary field from which it draws its very origins – garden art – and as a creator of principles of composition that remain so contemporary, they could almost be considered as ‘universal’. […]

ISBN : 978-2-330-14705-1

Publication date : April 2021

Publisher : Actes Sud

Number of pages : 336 pages

Katsura et ses jardins. Un mythe de l’architecture japonaise

Katsura et ses jardins. Un mythe de l’architecture japonaise

Philippe BONNIN

In the middle of this garden and the four tea pavilions that stand by the central pond, built in the 17th century by Prince Toshihito, on the banks of the river that runs through Kyoto, Katsura is the very image of sophistication. The ideal place, it is said, where you can contemplate the moon…
The reinterpretation if this quite singular architecture, by architects from the modern movement in the early 20th century, led to a number of misunderstandings.
Today, Philippe Bonnin’s talent and sensitivity bring to us the truth of this legendary work, casting light on its riddles.

ISBN : 9782363081872

Publication date : October 2019

Publisher : Arléa

Number of pages : 352 pages

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