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Wisdom of Place

A guide to Recovering the Sacred Origins of Landscape

By (author) Elizabeth Boults
By (author) Chip Sullivan


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Full Description

This book aims to help readers rediscover the sacredness of the everyday landscapes around them in order to shed light on the ecological imperatives of our time. Drawn from the union of art, nature, and metaphysics, it presents some of the myths and legends of antiquity as they might be recognised by our modern society of earth-shapers. Through word and image the authors reference the ecological and environmental concepts found at the core of traditional environmental knowledge and provide a new context for environmental engagement that merges the spiritual and phenomenological with the scientific and empirical. Wisdom of Place can be used by anyone — from creatives to spiritual seekers, landscape architects to coders — to call forth the voice of the genius loci — the spirit of place — and reveal the creative forces and hidden currents of nature.

About the Author

Elizabeth Boults is a landscape architect and lecturer in human ecology at the University of California, Davis. Her areas of interest are graphic communication, site design, and landscape history, theory and criticism.

Chip Sullivan is an artist and professor of landscape architecture and environmental design at the University of California, Berkeley. Chip is recognised for his expertise in landscape representation and illustration as well as innovative, energy-conserving design.

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ORO Editions
1st Sep 2023
World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
254 mm x 190 mm
231 Pages
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