It highlights his major works and discusses his relationships with politicians, businessmen, and civic leaders, and collaborations with many famous architects and designers. During those years, he spent all his spare time sketching the French-style gardens, evoking the beauty of nature, and envisioning a world where people and nature could thrive together.
Living in harmony with nature allowed him to develop a design philosophy based on the principles of ecological restoration and conservation of natural areas, and of use of native plants that were organic to the landscape and climate. Jensen employed his philosophy in his works and designed more than six hundred unique landscapes, including public parks and preserves such as Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Douglas Park, Indiana Dunes, Columbus Park, residential projects, institutional homes, schools and other educational facilities yards and playgrounds, walkable community centers, gardening programs in rural and underdeveloped communities, and golf courses.
Jensen forewarned that urbanization and industrialization could destroy the natural order of the earth and worked tirelessly to build a harmonious urban society.
He found inspiration in the landscape, particularly the plants native to a region, and was an environmentalist long before the term became popular. But the outspoken views in his writings--many of which were included in ephemeral planning reports, early newspapers, and out-of-print journals--are now virtually forgotten, with the exception of his two small books.
Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature is a collection of Jensen's most significant yet lesser-known articles. The scope of Jensen's philosophy represented in these writings will further solidify his legacy and rightful place alongside conservation leaders such as John Muir and Aldo Leopold.
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Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Many of the essays in Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature are short, perfect for quiet contemplation of the wisdom and emotion held within Jensen's words. While the landscapes most often examined in his writings are those of the upper Midwest, this collection will be of great interest to readers of conservationists such as Aldo Leopold and John Muir, as well as landscape gardeners alike.
Jennifer Fandel, ForeWord Reviews "Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature" contains three dozen Jensen essays that solidify his position as one of the great naturalists and landscape architects, especially in the upper Midwest. Bobby Tanzilo, On Milwaukee. Show More Show Less.
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