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Richard Haag: Bloedel Reserve and Gas Works Park

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Edited by William S Saunders. Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. 80pp. £9.95

This is the first in a new venture from Princeton Architectural Press entitled 'Landscape Views' - an inexpensive paperback, approximately A5 in format, with adequate black-and-white photographs and a couple of essays. Richard Haag's two designs in the environs of Seattle - the Gas Works Park (1971-88) and Bloedel Reserve gardens (1979-84) - have been highly acclaimed, and both would justify the more lavish treatment of a landscape equivalent to Phaidon's 'Architecture in Detail' series or Axel Menges' Opus monographs. When seminal schemes appear in relatively lacklustre form, it reinforces an impression that landscape architecture is subsidiary to architecture itself. Future subjects of 'Landscape Views' volumes include Dan Kiley, Thomas Church and Roberto Burle Marx.

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