Spring 1942 • Vol. IV No. 2 Book Reviews |

Contourscaping

Contourscaping by Ralph Rodney Root. Ralph Fletcher Seymour, publisher. $10.00   If God had fashioned the Earth instead of Heaven for His home, if He had made the Earth for Himself instead of for man, it would not be unseemly to say that He might have looked with favor on Mr. Root's conception of landscape architecture. Mr. Root's idea may be called organic; the planting is not to be merely decorative or pictorial. In any problem in landscape architecture, it is the contour of the area to be landscaped that is to determine the treatment. It is the study of the "natural contoural features of the site" and the working out of a "functional contourscape plan" in three dimensions that enables one to solve the problem. The artist takes into account the contour of area and edifice alike, the slow but ever changing contours and colors of trees, plants and shrubs, the play of light and shadow on leaves and flowers. The completed landscape is a living thing. Mr. Root's conception

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