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Ian McHarg

Ian McHarg (1920-2001) founded the department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 and is identified as founder of ecological planning and design. He wrote numerous articles and professional reports, but is best known for the classic, Design with Nature, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1969. McHarg was instrumental in the founding of Earth Week; participated on task forces on environmental issues for the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Carter administrations; and was awarded the National Medal of Art from President Bush in 1992.

    Ian's Books

    Some Songs to the Stars

    A Collection of Poems

    Poetic work from the Grandfather of Ecological Planning and author of the classic book Design with Nature. Twenty-five poems in all.

    The Lost Tapes of Ian McHarg

    Collaboration with Nature, Ecological Planning Lecture

    A gift to future generations, this CD, made from rare tapes lost until now, presents McHarg waxing profound on a thermodynamic definition of creativity as matter and energy raised to higher levels of order; evolution both physical and biological (plants, animals, and microorganisms) in the context of nature; and the criteria and attributes of the creative process.

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