Book Review | Martha Schwartz Partners – Landscape Art and Urbanism

Martha Schwartz Partners – Landscape Art and Urbanism is a monograph that documents the 35+ years of projects and masterplans of MSP from around the world. The book edited by Axel Menges and foreword by Marc Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California in Berkeley is a high-quality publication which is elegantly laid out with professional images and project summaries.

The monograph is divided into categories including Art Commissions, Residential, Commercial, Civic, Corporate, Parks, Reclamation, Master Plans, with an Appendix that includes a list of staff from 1980-2017, a nice touch recognising the numerous people who have worked on the projects. Each chapter is chronological in order providing insights into how the designs and work have evolved over the years.

The book documents the well-known known projects including the Bagel Garden, Miami International Airport, City of Tomorrow, Davis Garden, Gifu Kitagata Gardens, HUD Plaza, Exchange Square, Sowwah Square, however, there are also those less known such as Fanqi Road, Pluit City Master Plan, Vanke Center and others.

Martha Schwartz Partners – Landscape Art and Urbanism provides an insight into the work of MSP over the years and shows the depth of work that represents the shift in landscape architecture and also a design firm that has been on a journey from the USA to Europe to Asia and across the world.

 Martha Schwartz Partners – Landscape Art and Urbanism is available from Amazon for $USD64.88 (on 14.07.2018)

Hardcover: 356 pages
Publisher: Edition Axel Menges; 1 edition (June 7, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 386905011X
ISBN-13: 978-3869050119
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.3 x 12.2 inches

Martha Schwartz Partners – Landscape Art and Urbanism was provided to WLA as a review hard copy by the publisher. Book links are affiliated with Amazon.

Images of the Book – Credit| Damian Holmes

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