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“The tragedy of feminine design is that it receives so little official support. Most of the world's design schools, having been organized by men, encourage a masculine approach, even when they are run by women. Yet many designers who are male in the biological sense have a feminine approach to design.”
Tom Turner, City as Landscape
“In town and in country there must be landscapes where we can walk in safety, pick fruit, cycle, work, sleep, swim, listen to the birds, bask in the sun, run through the trees and laze beside cool waters.”
Tom Turner, Landscape Planning and Environmental Design
“Single-purposism, as we have seen, tends to create projects that harm the environment. Instead, we should design projects with as favourable an environmental impact as possible. This is the objective of environmental impact design.”
Tom Turner, Landscape Planning and Environmental Design
“The world is moving into a phase when landscape design may well be recognized as the most comprehensive of the arts. Man creates around him an environment that is a projection into nature of his abstract ideas. It is only in the present century that the collective landscape has emerged as a social necessity. We are promoting a landscape art on a scale never conceived of in history (Geoffrey Jellicoe, Landscape of man)”
Tom Turner
“To achieve these goals [of making good landscapes}, there is but one necessity: when preparing and approving plans for new places, or spending money on old places, we must look beyond the confines of each and every project. Gazing at these wider horizons, we shall see that development projects are initiated by specialists who have been imprisioned within "closely drawn technical limits" and "narrowly drawn territorial boundaries" (Weddle 1967; vii).”
Tom Turner, Landscape Planning and Environmental Design
“Landscape design theory has been rotting away, peacefully, like a garden temple, since the close of the eighteenth century.”
Tom Turner, City as Landscape
“London is the world’s Garden Capital - as Los Angeles is its film capital, Paris its fashion capital and Bogata its narcotics capital.”
Tom Turner
“Physically, gardens must have boundaries. Mentally, they can reach to the limits of the known universe. The ideas that bestow such vast extent upon gardens derive from sun, earth, art, water, history, civilization, family, anything.”
Tom Turner, City as Landscape
“Humphry Repton, the leading garden theorist of the nineteenth century, defined a garden as 'a piece of ground fenced off from cattle, and appropriated to the use and pleasure or man: it is, or ought to be, cultivated and enriched by art'.”
Tom Turner, British Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“There is much to learn about what could happen in the gardens of the future, should designers wish to learn about the past.”
Tom Turner, Garden History: Philosophy and Design 2000 BC - 2000 Ad
“The arts which we now call garden design and landscape design have three separate origins: sacred space, horticultural space and domestic space. Like Homo sapiens, the arts of garden and landscape design probably spread to Europe from West Asia.”
Tom Turner, British Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“One cannot analyse the character of European gardens without looking beyond the Mediterranean. This is because horticulture, palace life and city-building developed in the Fertile Crescent before spreading, via Crete, Greece, Egypt and Italy to the forests of Europe”
Tom Turner, European Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“In ancient times the ritual, mythological and doctrinal aspects of spiritual space were predominant.”
Tom Turner
“From 50 centuries, we can learn about the close relationship between garden design and urban design, because both arts involve the composition of buildings with paving, landform, water, vegetation and climate.”
Tom Turner, British Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“If the nature of the world is revealed to man through religion, then gardens, as places for contemplation, should symbolise the perfection of nature.”
Tom Turner, British Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“Landscape planners will have the opportunity to make sculptured roofscapes, so that cities appear to be verdant hills and valleys. Streets will become shady routes carved through the undergrowth. Roofs will become mountain tops. People will become ants.”
Tom Turner, City as Landscape
“Planners and designers should encourage as much diversity in human habitats as they find in animal habitats. It is not possible to resolve all conflicts or to gain all ends. Choices have to be made. Different aspects of the public good should be stressed in different places. To achieve variety in land use patterns, there should also be a variety of relationships between the professions, not an institutionalized decision-making tree. Relationships between the constructive professions should, therefore, be deconstructed.”
Tom Turner, City as Landscape
“Garden design theory explains, or should explain, the 'What, Where, Why and How' of making gardens.”
Tom Turner, European Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“Many of the world's best-designed cities have been inspired by garden concepts.”
Tom Turner, Garden History: Philosophy and Design 2000 BC - 2000 Ad
“Charles Jencks is the most notable landscape and garden designer to carry forward the 3500 BCE-1800CE landscape and garden design agenda.”
Tom Turner, British Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“Abstractionism exacerbated the problem but sustainability, if intelligently conceived, could heal the rift between garden, landscape and urban design. Absolute sustainability is not possible. But relative sustainability is a practical and desirable proposition.”
Tom Turner, British Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“Water will, increasingly, be detained, stored and then recycled or infiltrated in gardens.”
Tom Turner, British Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“Will the roofs of new buildings be vegetated? If not, why not?”
Tom Turner, Landscape Planning and Environmental Design
“The strengths landscape architecture draws from its garden design heritage include: the Vitruvian design tradition of balancing utility, firmness and beauty; use of the word 'landscape' to mean 'a good place' - as the objective of the design process; a comprehensive approach to open space planning involving city parks, greenways and nature outside towns; a planning theory about the contextualisation of development projects; the principle that development plans should be adapted to their landscape context.”
Tom Turner, Garden History: Philosophy and Design 2000 BC - 2000 Ad
“Having lasted for 4,000 years, the use of nature's materials to express ideas about nature may be expected to continue. The best garden designs are produced with an awareness of the art, science, history, geography, philosophy, social habits and construction techniques of their period.”
Tom Turner, Garden History: Philosophy and Design 2000 BC - 2000 Ad
“Environmental planning has been too scientific, too man-centred, too past-fixated and two-dimensional.”
Tom Turner, Landscape Planning and Environmental Design
“Modernism', as a label, has currency in the arts, architecture, planning, landscape, politics, theology, cultural history and elsewhere.”
Tom Turner, City as Landscape
“British garden history is best understood as a small incident in the histories of ideas, design and technology.”
Tom Turner, British Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design
“To look after a medieval estate, one required a map, an indexed account book and an abacus. For its time, this was a highly sophisticated geographical information system. Looking after the earth and each of its parts requires more data, a better index and more data processing.”
Tom Turner, City as Landscape


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