Library Inspiration: Ferruccio Vitale Landscape Architect

Another book on my nightstand is an oldie but a goodie about the landscape architect Ferruccio Vitale. This is yet another inspiring tome which I think should be in every design library.
Vitale was the son of an architect in Florence, Italy, but moved to the United States in his 20s to practice landscape architecture and eventually become a giant in his field.
The most fascinating thing about this book is the transience of landscape architecture: many of these spaces no longer exist or are in greatly altered forms. So while some of the images may be of low quality in the book, the fact that they exist 100 years later is pretty amazing; a snapshot of these amazing gardens stuck in time in grainy b&w.
One of the projects is currently in danger of being lost; the grounds of Insifada seen above. The Long Island estate is currently in danger of being torn down by developers as it was recently sold by the Jesuits after they could no longer afford the upkeep.
Many of the most interesting projects for me are located in the back of the book are in the section on civic projects. These are close to home for me in DC such as the grounds of Meridian Hill Park seen above.  I've blogged about the park in the past (here and here).
As with many architectural projects not all of the work was completed as planned but Vitale did make his mark on the National Mall. Definitely add Ferruccio Vitale to your design library, you won't be disappointed!

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