James Doyle Design Associates (JDDA) a prominent landscape architecture firm has announced it will be releasing a book exploring landscape practices and how these spaces can enrich the lives of people who use them. At 304 pages, the book chronicles many of the projects JDDA has participated in and, according to the firm, offer inspiration for creating sustainable, human-forward environments deeply grounded in needs of the present world.
JDDA first began its work in garden design but has since evolved as a firm to embrace the ever-changing world of landscape architecture, a path the firm believes to be indicative of the current state of the practice. Since the pandemic, the demand for natural connections has never been higher from grand, expansive wilderness-like space, to smaller, more intimate locale deep within the city.
“Over the years I have watched the physical and emotional evolution of JDDA’s work and it is truly evident in this monograph. I have marveled at the consistent quest for refinement and sophistication and admired their ever evolving and maturing palette,” states David Harber in the foreword of the book.
“In all their landscapes they respect the elements and the integrity of nature, as well as embellishing the space with their own particular style. They create a joyous juxtaposition between the sophisticated architectural elements and the reassuringly organic mood of the planting, with the occasional sculptural addition. The joy of walking within a JDDA landscape affords us both a mental and physical calm. The evolution of the body of work is an inspiration to us all.”
JDDA on the Intersection of Nature and Art
As part of a press release for the book, JDDA states that the practice of designing an outdoor environment should not be devoid of a respect for nature and its impact on change and growth. According to JDDA, this landscape has the power to become a sanctuary and uplift guests and visitors to these spaces, and it is with the release of this new publication that JDDA hopes to continue fostering these interactions with an enduring appreciation for nature.
“We believe that the art and practice of placemaking begins with an expanded sense of respect and responsibility for our natural communities,” states James Doyle, founder of JDDA in a press release announcing the book.
At $75 USD, the Intersection of Nature and Art provides a comprehensive insight into a wide selection of JDDA’s works of landscape architecture and contemporary design. In addition to many detailed studies full of rich, full-color photographs, diagrams and plans, the book also includes informative essays and narrative descriptions diving deep into the approach and ethos behind each project.
The full books is expected to release November 21, 2022.