This book is the result of a desire to convey, through a monograph of Michael van Gessel, the strength and significance of contemporary landscape architecture in the past 30 years of Dutch culture. Earlier ideas for such a book became timely around 2006, when the Nora H. Bos Foundation decided to present Van Gessel with the Bijhouwer Award for his contribution to Dutch landscape architecture. It was also the year he was invited to exhibit his work at the first Landscape Architecture Triennial in Apeldoorn in 2008. This publication consists of sections containing texts, photographs, drawn designs and documentation, each forming a distinctive landscape on their own. The essays and interview attempt to analyse and identify aspects of Van Gessel's work and personal vision
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