Ian McHarg and the Search for Ideal Order looks at the well-known and studied landscape architect, Ian McHarg, in a new light. The author explores McHarg’s formative years, and investigates how his ideas developed in both their complexity and scale. As a precursor to McHarg’s approach in his influential book Design with Nature, this book offers new interpretations into his search for environmental order and outlines how his struggle to understand humanity’s relationship to the environment in an era of rapid social and technological change reflects an ongoing challenge that landscape design has yet to fully resolve. This book will be of great interest to academics and researchers in landscape architectural history.

chapter |12 pages


part 1|44 pages

Early affinities

chapter 1|20 pages

Experience and education

chapter 2|22 pages

Housing and humane cities

part 2|70 pages

The place of nature

chapter 3|10 pages

Space, time, and being

chapter 4|24 pages

First principles

chapter 5|18 pages

The House We Live In

chapter 6|10 pages

The Ecology of the City

chapter 7|6 pages

Towards a New Landscape

part 3|94 pages

Implementing order

chapter 8|27 pages

City and countryside

chapter 9|25 pages

Natural beauty

chapter 10|14 pages

Health and pathology

chapter 11|26 pages

Fit, fitting, and most fit

part 4|45 pages

The Patterns of paradise

chapter 12|44 pages