MLA Reading List

All students should read at least some of the following publications, or ones like them, before entering Georgia’s MLA program. They are preliminary to landscape architecture: they deal more with values and perceptions than with techniques.  Some of them may be out of print and available only in libraries, not bookstores; that does not reduce their value as background to landscape architecture.

Books

  • American Landscape Architecture, edited by William Tishler
  • Architecture: Form, Space & Order, Francis D.K. Ching
  • Bounded People, Boundless Lands, Eric Frey Fogle
  • Celebrating Third Place, edited by Ray Oldenburg
  • Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
  • Design with Nature, Ian L. McHarg
  • Earth in Mind, David Orr
  • Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Janisse Ray
  • Experience of Place, Tony Hiss
  • Genus Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture, Christian Norberg-Schultz
  • The Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler
  • God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man, Cornelia Walker Bailey
  • Great Streets, Allan B. Jacobs
  • The Granite Garden, Urban Nature, and Human Design, Ann Whiston Spirn
  • The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch
  • Keeping Time, William Murtaugh
  • Landscape Architecture: An Illustrated History, William Mann
  • Landscape Journal: Eco-Revelatory Design, Special Issue 1998
  • Landscape Planning – Environmental Applications, William Marsh
  • Placing Nature, Culture, and Landscape Ecology, edited by Joan Nassaver
  • The Meaning of Gardens, edited by Mark Francis and Randolph T. Hester
  • A Moment on the Earth, Gregg Easterbrook
  • A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman
  • A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander
  • The Necessity for Ruins, John Brinckerhoff Jackson
  • Reading the Landscape of America, May Theilgaard Watts
  • Rural by Design, Randall Arendt
  • A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
  • Second Nature, Michael Pollan
  • The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, William H. Whyte
  • Trees in Urban Design, Henry F. Arnold
  • Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature, edited by William Cronon

Journals

  • American Forests
  • Architectural Record
  • Environment and Behavior
  • Historic Preservation
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Journal
  • Places
  • Restoration and Management Notes
  • Urban Land