Living Land

The Gardens of Blasen Landscape Architecture


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SpecificationsSKU: 90242Size: 9 x 9″ Pages: 168pp Binding: Trade Cloth Publication Date: September 2012 ISBN: 978-1-935935-46-9 World Rights: Available
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Blasen Landscape Architecture listens attentively for clients’ thoughts and builds gardens that provide a pristine and deeply felt encounter with the land. Interested in the psychological qualities of land, they work, essentially, to increase their clients’ happiness. The gardens in this book grow on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, in the valleys of the California coastal hills, in tight urban lots, and on spacious residential estates. Each is of a sophisticated and seamless high quality and demonstrates Eric and Silvina Blasen’s ability to intensely intuit and beautifully forge a relevant, contemporary dynamic between architecture and land. Whether a wildflower meadow or a courtyard around a fireplace, the spaces are built sustainably and shine with a single quality: ease with the outdoors. Blasen Landscape Architecture embraces green practices, and while their work has been widely published, Living Land captures the very essence of the Blasens’ philosophy.

Testimonial from Living Land’s author, Eric Blasen:
“After reviewing the beautiful advance copy of our new book, Living Land: The Gardens of Blasen Landscape Architecture, we are very happy with the outcome.  A big thank you to ORO for providing an elegant design, spot-on color correction, and a gorgeous printing job that really brings images to life. Gordon, thank you for your direction and guidance through this book-making journey.”

Eric Blasen, ASLA, studied Art History at the University of London, England, received his Bachelor of Science in Geography from Oregon State University and his Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He first explored practical design by making furniture, and won his first design award for it. In 1993, he co-founded, with his wife, Silvina, design studio Blasen Landscape Architecture in San Anselmo, California. The design team has created landscapes for places of worship, schools, corporate offices, and wineries, but its main focus is large residential gardens, for which it has garnered top American landscape architecture awards. Eric Blasen has taught in the Architecture Department at California College of Art, San Francisco, California, and served on many academic juries.

Silvina Blasen is a principal of Blasen Landscape Architecture and its plant expert and green practices advocate. After gaining her Certificate in Horticulture from Sierra College, Rocklin, California she became a partner with Stienstra/Martierena Landscape Architecture-Design Build Garden Company in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and nursery manager at Smith & Hawken’s original store, in Mill Valley, California. Her passion for planting design and knowledge of the environment result in work that is acclaimed for its creativity and commitment to sustainability.

Hazel White is the author of eleven books on gardening and landscape design; her writing has also appeared in national and international magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle magazine, Garden Design, BBC Gardens Illustrated, the London Telegraph magazine, and Haüser. She is a published poet and in 2008 was one of the winners of a monologue competition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She lives in San Francisco.


9 x 9"




Trade Cloth

Publication date

September 2012



World rights