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review: landscape

Kathryn Gustafson: Sculpting the Land

by Leah Levy. Spacemaker Press, 1998. 64pp. £12.99. Distributor 01206 256000

Kathryn Gustafson's park overlooking Terrasson-la-Villedieu in the Dordogne was featured in aj 9.11.95; she was profiled in aj 21.11.96. Sadly, her comprehensive scheme for Crystal Palace Park (with John Lyall Architects) did not receive lottery funding, but alternative backing is still being sought. This Spacemaker Press monograph features two of her best-known works: the sculpted and sensuous gardens for Shell Petroleum's French headquarters at Rueil-Malmaison, and the Rights of Man Square at Evry, with its gridded granite floor, water jets and 130m-long raised serpentine pool. The book includes several working drawings as well as a colour portfolio. Right: glazed bridges over the aquatic garden at the Shell Petroleum headquarters connect offices and cafeteria

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