Landscape Works With Piet Oudolf & Lola – In Search Of Sharawadg

Fabian de Kloe, Peter Veenstra, Joep Vossebel (eds.)


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  • IBA Parkstad
  • Nai010 Publishers
  • SCHUNCK Museum
  • 2021
  • ISBN 9789462086302
  • 184 pages
  • illustrated (200 full color)
  • 30 × 21 × 2 cm

In Search of Sharawadgi presents the ideas and dreams of Piet Oudolf and LOLA Landscape Architects. Piet Oudolf has completed many popular projects worldwide, while the design efforts of LOLA are starting to materialize and gain appreciation. Oudolf and LOLA have a history of working together on numerous projects.

This book takes the reader on a journey, showing them how public gardens and landscapes across the world have been transformed. From the High Line in New York, the gardens of Hauser & Wirth in Somerset, the Star Maze in Tytsjerk to the Leisure Lane in Limburg. Familiarize yourself with Oudolf’s and LOLA’s ultimate vision for the future: a global forest against the warming of the earth. A dream that can start in anyone’s garden, however big or small.

On this journey the reader is accompanied by the artists Joseph Beuys, Kie Ellens, Anne Geene, Giuseppe Licari, Geert Mul, Darcy Neven, Vijai Patchineelam & Adrijana Gvozdenovic, and Sanne Vaassen. In doing so this book presents us an extraordinary perspective on the discipline of garden design, and major issues such as global warming and the impact of nature on our well-being.

The book highlights five dimensions of the contemporary landscape though five chapters:

‘Composing Nature’ focuses on composition as a guideline for new landscapes.

‘Nouveaux Terroirs’ is about our connections with the soil and its cultural history.

‘Everybody is a Gardener’ focuses on the role and activation of the community in the designs of Oudolf and LOLA.

‘Life Lines’ is about the movement of the user and the reuse of existing and forgotten connections and networks.

‘Dreamy Realism’ concentrates on the global climate crisis and how landscape design can actively provide solutions for it.

About Sharawadgi
The beauty that occurs with no discernible order or arrangement. Sharawadgi is a style of landscape design or architecture that avoids rigid lines and symmetry to make the landscape appear organic and naturalistic. The word ‘sharawadgi’ is probably a corruption of the Japanese sorowaji, meaning non-regular. Sharawadgi appears to be an essentially Western projection of an unseen and unknown landscape. It marked the beginning of a search for a new aesthetic ideal in landscape architecture. In this style, in this endeavour, LOLA and Oudolf find each other in their design practice. Sharawadgi, therefore, eventually became the title and a central theme in the book and eponymous exhibition in museum SCHUNCK.

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