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VERTICAL GARDENS

Introduction by JACQUES LEENHARDT
Essays by ANNA LAMBERTINI
Principal Photography by MARIO CIAMPI

HARDCOVER / 240 pages
9-5/8 x 11-1/2 inches / 24.5 x 30 cm
185 color illustrations
ISBN-13: 978-1-905216-07-9

US $ 65

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DESCRIPTION

Bringing nature into urban environments has always been a challenge; one of the most spectacular solutions to this problem is the vertical garden. Far more than just an unusual decoration attached to a wall, these gardens are an exciting means of bringing life and greenery to a bleak courtyard, a gray city street or a cold modern building. Vertical Gardens is the first publication to present a collection of the most important examples of this emerging trend. Not content with projecting gardens and cultivating plants on horizontal terrain, those who create vertical gardens apply the principles of hydroponics (a technique of growing plants in water containing dissolved nutrients) and use ingenious framing systems that allow luxuriant compositions of plant life to colonize the exteriors of buildings. Overshadowing the traditional band of less versatile climbing plants, the extraordinary array of botanical species that thrive with hydroponic cultivation allows for the creation of a limitless variety of living compositions with different textures, patterns, chromatic effects, and aromas. The aesthetic result is truly stunning and has attracted the attention of architects and designers such as Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, and Andrée Putman who, in collaboration with Patrick Blanc, have added the vertical garden to their design vocabularies. There are also projects where entire buildings have been imagined as biological organisms, or as a landscape, like the apartment building by Edouard François in Montpellier, constructed out of a mix of stone, wood, metal, and plants. Vertical Gardens explores this phenomenon in thematic sections, which are enriched by the reflections of its most innovative practitioners. This richly illustrated book is essential reading for all professionals or anyone interested in this fertile new area of design.

AUTHOR

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ANNA LAMBERTINI has a PhD in landscape architecture and conducts research at the Università degli Studi in Perugia and Florence.

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JACQUES LEENHARDT is a writer and a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His fields of specialized study include art and landscape design.

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MARIO CIAMPI has been an architectural photographer for more than twenty-five years and his work has appeared in numerous magazines worldwide, and in particular, Casa Vogue and Architectural Digest

REVIEWS

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6/1/2008

Town & Country

Mentioned in the Design Trends section… “This currently hot trend toward perpendicular horticulture is the subject of excellent photographs by Mario Ciampi and text by Anna Lambertini.” (Jane Garmey)

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5/1/2008

Elle Decoration

Stadtbegrunng. Patrick Blanc war vielleicht der erste, der Gärten auf Nährlösungsbasis senkrecht die Wände hochwachsen ließ (wie etwa im Pariser „Pershing Hall“ - Hotel). Die Begrünung unserer Städte gerade dort, wo „nichts mehr dazwischen passt“, ist mehr als ein Trend. Hier finden Sie die bislang prominentesten Projekte versammelt. Vertical Gardens 240 S., engl., um 60 euro Verba Volant

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5/1/2008

The New York Times T Magazine

The New York Times T Magazine includes a mention of Vertical Gardens in the article "Green Anchors: Living Rooms take on Lush New Meaning."

http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2008/05/04/style/t/index.html#pageName=04turnpage

review

4/1/2008

Elsevier Thema Interieur

Hangende Tuinen
De grieken rekenden de hangende tuinen van babylon tot de wereldwonderen. Waarom die tuinen hingen, is onbekend. We weten het alleen van de moderne varianten, want die bestaan. Vijf hedendaagse voorbeelden.

Het concept van de tuin als horizontaal fenomeen lijkt passé. Diverse wetenschappers, landschapsarchitecten en kunstenaars hebben zich verdiept in de vooreen heilige drie-eenheid van plant, wortelstelsel en aarde, en hebben systemen bedacht waarbij dat geen vanzelfsprekende combinatie meer is. De absolute meester op dit gebied is de Franse botanist en bioloog Patrick Blanc. De mur végétal (groene muur) die hij heeft bedacht, is een staaltje van vernuft. Aarde is hierbij niet meer nodig: planten rusten op een hekwerk val staal met een laag compost. De ontwerpen die Blanc maakt, zijn adembenemend. Het zijn levende wandtapijten in alle schakeringen groen. Andere ontwerpens ontwikkelden groene muren als vervanging voor de saaie kantoorplant, of als kunstwerk op zich. De Nederlandse architecten van bureau VenhoevenCS laten hun ontwerp letterlijk opgaan in de omgeving. Het mythische Babylon mag dan verloren zijn, deze hangende tuinen zijn gelukkig nog te bewonderen. (Mary Oosterbaan)