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Gilles Clément: Gardens, Landscape, and Nature's Genius

Gilles Clément: Gardens, Landscape, and Nature's Genius

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Gilles Clément occupies a special global position at the crossroads between philosophy, ecology, art, and landscape architecture and he has over the years contributed a number of seminal concepts: ‘The Planetary Garden’, ‘The Third Landscape’, ‘A Humanist Ecology’, and ‘The Garden in Motion’. His work has been driven by the dictum of “always work with nature, never against her.”


This book, Gardens, Landscape, and Nature’s Genius, is a straight forward way to Gilles Clément's key concepts and a rare opportunity to access his original mindset and gain insight into a place of inspiration and co-creation with nature. Clément’s words and work are more relevant now than ever, presenting a tremendously powerful and relevant impetus for rethinking our present and future relationships with nature, garden culture, and sustainability.


The text is origianally written in 2011 as Clément’s inaugural lecture at the prestigious Collège de France in Paris now being translated into English for the first time. The text is accompanied by Clément’s own illustrations and a selection of new photographs from his La Vallée garden in Creuse – his remarkable planetary laboratory by the artist Maria Finn, the architect Anna Aslaug Lund, the landscape architect Laura Parsons and the landscape architect and translator Elzelina Van Melle.



ISBN: 978-87-92614-12-4

76 pages, 18.0 x 12.0 cm, bounded, richly illustrated


featured by photographs from La Vallée by Finn, Lund, Parsons and Van Melle