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Wild by Design


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For over twenty years, Margie Ruddick has been recognised for her pioneering work in landscape design. Winner of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in landscape architecture, Ruddick has crafted an innovative approach to design that brings together aspects of the landscape that seem to contrast, wild and urban, formally ordered and free, with attention to the messy margins where life happens. She has designed numerous high-profile projects including New York City's Queens Plaza, the Urban Garden Room at One Bryant Park, Shillim Institute and Retreat in India's Western Ghats, and the Living Water Park in Chengdu, China. Elle Decor named Ruddick one of five landscape designers "who are reshaping our world" and Dwell identified her as a "Landscape Design Icon." Ruddick has taught at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, Yale, Princeton, Parsons School of Design, and more. She is principal of Margie Ruddick Landscape.


"An elegant exposition of the importance of artistry in the practice of sustainable landscape design, Wild by Design is essential reading from one of the field's foremost innovators, National Design Award winner Margie Ruddick."--Caroline Baumann, Director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
"Wild by Design will redefine the way you think about landscapes, particularly the interaction between human activity and the natural world. What sets this book apart is the primacy Margie Ruddick gives aesthetics, beauty, and creativity in making sustainable landscapes, folding conventional green practices into a design context, and into the social and cultural elements always at play in creating or enhancing a sense of place. She offers equal parts inspiration, information, and instruction, complemented by stunning photographs."--Walter Hood, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley

"Recommended reading"

--Better Homes & Gardens
"Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout with color photography, Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes ... should be on the personal reading lists of every aspiring and practicing landscape designer."--Midwest Book Review
"Margie's amazing projects and her philosophy of going 'wild' maker her book Wild by Design a fascinating read."--Garden Rant

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