A Quest for Life: An Autobiography

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A fascinating account of the life and work of a visionary genius--the father of ecological planning Ian McHarg has done more to advance the principles of environmentally responsible design and planning than anyone alive today. His landmark design and planning projects, including the Woodlands in Texas and regional plans for the Twin cities of Minnesota, Washington D.C., and Denver, set a high water mark for environmental planning yet to be surpassed. And, as chair of the University of Pennsylvania's world-renowned Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning for more than thirty years, he is responsible for producing many of the leading lights in landscape architecture and ecological planning. Now, in a book that will have broad appeal among landscape architects, architects, planners, and environmental scientists, as well as all readers interested in the history of environmentalism, Ian McHarg provides a fascinating insider's account of the development of the professions of landscape architecture and planning, and the growth of the environmental movement in America and around the world. * Immensely readable--a lively, first-person account of McHarg's life and work, peppered with telling anecdotes about prominent figures in the design fields, business, and government * Illustrates and explains the development of ecological planning--the revolutionary design method behind his bestselling book, Design with Nature, and his award-winning projects IAN L. McHARG (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the author of the international bestseller Design With Nature ( This century's most influential landscape architecture book. --Landscape Architecture).