August 19, 2008

Roberto Burle Marx: Landscapes Reflected, Landscape Views 3
Rossana Vaccarino
Princeton Architectural Press (2000)
Rating: 4 stars

Roberto Burle Marx is the questionably the most seminal figure in contemporary landscape design. His use of tropical foliage and vegetation was of such artistry as to redefine the genre.

This amazingly small publication, is actually a fair account of his work. The photographs are mostly b&w and not that impressive, however the collection of sketches enclosed are brilliant. The book is also blessed with some of his lesser known projects outside of the city.

No matter how you look at it this book is a bargain, and an excellent complement to a library on landscape design. Don't however let it be your only insight into the talent of Burle Marx.

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