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College of Environment and Design


All students should read at least some of the following publications, or ones like them, before entering Georgia’s MLA program. They are preliminary to landscape architecture: they deal more with values and perceptions than with techniques.  Some of them may be out of print and available only in libraries, not bookstores; that does not reduce their value as background to landscape architecture.


  • American Landscape Architecture, edited by William Tishler
  • Architecture: Form, Space & Order, Francis D.K. Ching
  • Bounded People, Boundless Lands, Eric Frey Fogle
  • Celebrating Third Place, edited by Ray Oldenburg
  • Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
  • Design with Nature, Ian L. McHarg
  • Earth in Mind, David Orr
  • Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Janisse Ray
  • Experience of Place, Tony Hiss
  • Genus Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture, Christian Norberg-Schultz
  • The Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler
  • God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man, Cornelia Walker Bailey
  • Great Streets, Allan B. Jacobs
  • The Granite Garden, Urban Nature, and Human Design, Ann Whiston Spirn
  • The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch
  • Keeping Time, William Murtaugh
  • Landscape Architecture: An Illustrated History, William Mann
  • Landscape Journal: Eco-Revelatory Design, Special Issue 1998
  • Landscape Planning – Environmental Applications, William Marsh
  • Placing Nature, Culture, and Landscape Ecology, edited by Joan Nassaver
  • The Meaning of Gardens, edited by Mark Francis and Randolph T. Hester
  • A Moment on the Earth, Gregg Easterbrook
  • A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman
  • A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander
  • The Necessity for Ruins, John Brinckerhoff Jackson
  • Reading the Landscape of America, May Theilgaard Watts
  • Rural by Design, Randall Arendt
  • A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
  • Second Nature, Michael Pollan
  • The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, William H. Whyte
  • Trees in Urban Design, Henry F. Arnold
  • Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature, edited by William Cronon


  • American Forests
  • Architectural Record
  • Environment and Behavior
  • Historic Preservation
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Journal
  • Places
  • Restoration and Management Notes
  • Urban Land


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