Bruce Ferguson authors new book
College of Environment and Design (CED) Professor Emeritus and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Fellow, Bruce Ferguson, has recently authored the book, A Philosophy of Landscape Construction, which outlines a new philosophy of values in landscape construction. By demonstrating how integral structures, such as pavements and walls, can be crucial to how people interact with and inhabit a final design, Ferguson's book offers a unique perspective on landscape construction. Within his theoretical framework, he discusses how structures can be designed to articulate spatial, functional, cultural, and ecological meanings, ultimately allowing site designs to reach their full potential. Ferguson's philosophy moves away from the exclusively technical characteristics and enables landscape architects to realize their designs' ideal vision while illustrating both successes and failures within built landscapes.
Before retiring in 2015, Ferguson taught thousands of graduates and undergraduates for 32 years and is recognized as an expert on porous pavements and stormwater infiltration in urban design. Ferguson authored numerous scientific and professional articles during his career, taught design studios at every level, and led the charge on the college’s vertical charrettes for the Atlanta Highway (2013) and the Atlanta Beltline (2014). In 2019, CED honored Bruce Ferguson as one of the College of Environment and Design “Owens 50”.