History of Landscape Architecture

Project Description

This book provides a brief overview of the different types of funerary architecture and landscapes that have been used and designed over the past few centuries. The first five types were originally identified using Douglas Keister’s book, Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries and Their Residents. The last five types were labels I had assigned based on current trends, as well as historical precedent. For each of these typologies, an example is provided that is either concurrent with the initial development of the type or a contemporary project that has been projected onto. While the examples are either in the United States or Europe, ancient precedent must also be taken into account. Thinking of the tombs in Pompeii or ancient Egypt as a starting point, the series of typologies can be read as a progression reflecting the changing attitudes and beliefs of man towards death and its aestheticization.