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Last Landscapes: The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West Ken Worpole(Author)

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Last Landscapes: The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West

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Original name book: Last Landscapes: The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West

Pages: 192

Language: English

Publisher: Reaktion Books (June 15, 2003)

By: Ken Worpole(Author)

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Category - Arts & Photography

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Last Landscapes explores death and the landscape of the cemetery. The picturesque village churchyard; the tightly packed "historic cities of the dead" such as the Jewish Cemetery in Prague; the war cemeteries of Northern France; the modernism of the Stockholm Woodland Cemetery; the graveyards of North America -- in discussing the history and culture of these architectural expressions of memory and loss, Ken Worpole also -locates the national, religious and romantic attitudes they express. This evocative book, which also examines the contemporary memorialization of artists such as Rachel Whiteread and Ian Hamilton Finlay, contains more than 100 color pictures.

'One of the most thought-provoking books of the year.' - The Independent 'A richly humane and engrossing book ... a work that is warm, compassionate, intelligent and thought-provoking.' - Building Design 'A remarkably beautiful book ... As a long-time professor of worship, I spent many years talking with seminarians and pastors about theological and liturgical aspects of rites related to death. Last Landscapes shows that such conversations would be enriched if they were to address topics that Worpole discusses with such sensitivity and insight.' - Anglican Theological Review 'Reading this book is a pleasure. The book is beautifully illustrated with photography by Larraine Worpole ... It spends time with architectural and landscape history, makes tracks through sociology and economics, ponders theological and philosophical positions, and lingers before some remarkable aesthetic achievements.' - The Twentieth Century Society Journal Ken Worpole has written a number of books on urban and cultural policy, and contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Independent, Prospect and the Times Literary Supplement.

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Customer Reviews
  • By ruthie on December 21, 2012

    Ken Worpole provides a unique look at the architecture of the cemetery in the West. The cross cultural perspectives on death, cemeteries, and memorials was very interesting. I also read the book with the concept of sustainability in mind and found the information on re-use of graves and natural burials to be thought-provoking. This book is worth reading.

  • By lyndonbrecht on February 20, 2015

    This book delivers exactly what it promises. It is nicely written, well illustrated and the content informative. Considering the cemetery as landscape architecture is an interesting idea. A book on this topic could play on the fascination of the morbid, but this book does not. It is a real study and the implied comparisons among various countries are fascinating.For me, the account of the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris is the most fascinating. There the famous dead are elbow to elbow almost like elegantly stacked cordwood. The development of cemeteries that are designed like parks is also fascinating. Could Central Park have influenced the trend?One wonders why the fairly common European custom of renting a grave for a specified period and then tossing the bones in a charnel house or common grave never took hold in the USA. Lots of land? A sense of propriety?

  • By Michael Pecen on January 2, 2009

    For landscape architects, historians and planners, this book is an excellent study of burials and memorials in Western cultures. It helped me see U.S. cemeteries and their art in a greater context. Much of the book discusses how burial/memorial places relate to daily life, and speculates how such places will change along with changes in Western society.

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