Representing Landscapes

A Visual Collection of Landscape Architectural Drawings


What do you communicate when you draw an industrial landscape using charcoal; what about a hyper-realistic PhotoShop collage method? What are the right choices to make? Are there right and wrong choices when it comes to presenting a particular environment in a particular way?

The choice of medium for visualising an idea is something that faces all students of landscape architecture and urban design, and each medium and style option that you select will influence how your idea is seen and understood.

Responding to demand from her students, Nadia Amoroso has compiled successful and eye-catching drawings using various drawing styles and techniques to create this book of drawing techniques for landscape architects to follow and - more importantly - to be inspired by. More than twenty respected institutions have helped to bring together the very best of visual representation of ideas, the most powerful, expressive and successful images. Professors from these institutions provide critical and descriptive commentaries, explaining the impact of using different media to represent the same landscape.

This book is recommended for landscape architecture and urban design students from first year to thesis and is specifically useful in visual communications and graphic courses and design studios.

  • Taylor and Francis; March 2012
  • ISBN 9781136518713
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Representing Landscapes
  • Author: Nadia Amoroso (ed.)
  • Imprint: Routledge

In The Press

“Worthy of being on the shelf of all designers”- Landscape Architecture Magazine

"...perfect for short studio breaks...offers excellent examples of drawings and representational techniques that students can draw from while also self-motivating" - Spacing Magazine

"If you want to set aside time to develop the visualisation of your designs, this amply illustrated collection will give you inspiration."Garden Design Journal

“Can't keep this one on the shelf” - @Landlibrarian

"The book serves the pedagogical need, as observed by editor Amoroso, to educate and inspire landscape design students in the variety of graphic representations at their disposal, and their appropriate uses. Summing Up: Highly recommended" - E. H. Teague, CHOICE, January 2013, Vol. 50 No. 05

"The book contains some of the most inventive techniques for thinking and exploring through drawing and modelling."— Elizabeth K. Meyer, Landscape Architecture Magazine

About The Author

Nadia Amoroso is the Founder and Creative Director of DataAppealTM, a data-design visualization company. She also teaches design studio and visual communications at the University of Toronto. She holds and has held a number of international academic and administrative positions including Lawrence Halprin Fellow at Cornell University, the Garvan Chair Visiting Professor, and Associate Dean. She specializes in visual representation, analog and digital graphics, and architectural and landscape architectural design. She has a PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture and degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles (Routledge, 2010).