Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City.



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SpecificationsSKU: 90616Size: 6.75″ x 9.25″, portrait Pages: 454 Binding: Hardbound Publication Date: Fall 2016 ISBN: 978-0-473325-50-3 World Rights: Available
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Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City. presents twenty-five projects, from small playscapes that put children back at the heart of the city right through to large infrastructural works, such as the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, that have transformed cities by turning them around to face the water.
First and foremost, this is a book about New Zealand landscape architecture and urban design, viewed through the lens of Isthmus, an award-winning design studio that for more than twenty-five years has been shaping and reshaping the way we experience our land and cityscapes. It is also a story about New Zealand, about changing perspectives and attitudes to the use of land and water, the way we organise our cities, the way we play, live, and work, and the lessons from the past that can influence the way we build new communities.
These works are set against a background of contemporary debates about making the new New Zealand, housing and population intensification, urbanisation, and landscape protection. It is hoped that this book will bring these integrated works of landscape, urban design, and architecture to a wider audience. This is a generous, well-crafted, and beautifully photographed book that also explains the process of design through drawing. The twenty-five projects illustrate design ideas, the stories behind them, and the impact that these project have had on their communities. Importantly, Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City. is the first published compilation of works detailing the output of one New Zealand design studio with a strong record of innovative landscape architecture practice.


Michael Barrett is a writer and editor who writes predominately about New Zealand design and its impact upon the built environment. He is a former editor of Landscape Architecture New Zealand, Interior, Prodesign and has contributed to a number of other publications.
About Isthmus:
Since 1988, Isthmus has pioneered the design of culturally meaningful, enduring, and inspiring environments, in that time becoming one of New Zealand’s leading design studios. Well-known for an ability to make a positive impact across a wide range of project types, Isthmus’s works of landscape architecture, urban design and, more recently, architecture, have created vibrant new communities, healthy new ecologies, and built environments that are simple in their expression yet rich in authenticity, value, and culture. Over the last three decades the practice has achieved some of this country’s highest design honors.


6.75" x 9.25", portrait





Publication date

Fall 2016



World rights