The identity of the gardens of the Occident, from the 1400s to the present day: a fundamental study for comprehension of a fascinating phenomenon, the nostalgic "reconstruction of Eden".
[The architecture of gardens of the Occident. From the Renaissance to the 20th century]. “All that is bizarre in man, all his wanderlust and perplexity, can undoubtedly be summed up in these two syllables: garden.” This provocative definition of one of the most intriguing, ephemeral forms in the history of architecture introduces the book The architecture of gardens of the Occident. From the fascinating facets of the “humanistic garden” to the picturesque English parks of the early 1700s, all the way to eccentric contemporary experimental solutions, the book traces the evolution of gardens in Europe and the United States in the modern period, in an attempt to comprehend a fascinating phenomenon, that nostalgic “reconstruction of Eden” in which man has attempted to give concrete form to his desire for harmony and perfection. A refined volume containing contributions by leading international experts on specific issues and interesting fields of research over the last few decades.