Sixty Books for a Working Landscape Library

The interns at my office once polled the design staff on a number of important issues--ie. how many times per day do you type Ctrl-Z? How many trips to the corner deli this week?--and shared their responses. 'In case of fire,' they also asked, 'and barring the normal physical constraints, what would you first save from the studio?' Some answered 'the server' or 'the drafting tables,' but the runaway favorite was the library.

I've toyed ever since with the list of titles that I would toss down the mail chute to safety before succumbing to smoke inhalation. The sixty below represent that list as of April 2014. They're not necessarily the "best," the best-selling, or even the most popular books on the shelf. They're the ones that I would protect so a professional studio could get right back to work the next day (or the same day if we could all get Wifi in the park or cram into the same little coffee shop).

As such they are a peculiar mix of theory and practice, reference and inspiration. Some are academic, but no one ideology permeates. Several are written by practitioners, but none promote the design work of a single firm. The few that are very geographically specific were chosen more for their generalizable lessons or graphical precedents.

You can follow the "Library" link below each to find the loaner copy nearest you. In case you want to add any to your own permanent collection, there are also links to buy through Better World Books if you can, Amazon if you must, or direct from the publisher.

For this post there are sixty, but every day brings new candidates. Maybe what I need is a good, roomy, fireproof safe. What would go into yours? 

   The American Meadow Garden      John Greenlee & Saxon Holt + Library   +  BWB   +  Amazon   +  Publisher

The American Meadow Garden 
John Greenlee & Saxon Holt
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, and Vines      James R. Clark, Richard W. Harris, & Nelda P. Matheny + Library   +  BWB   + Amazon 

Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, and Vines 
James R. Clark, Richard W. Harris, & Nelda P. Matheny
+Library +BWB 
+Amazon 

   The Architecture of Western Gardens: A Design History from the Renaissance to the Present Day      Monique Mosser & Georges Teyssot + Library   +  BWB    +  Amazon

The Architecture of Western Gardens: A Design History from the Renaissance to the Present Day 
Monique Mosser & Georges Teyssot
+Library +BWB 
+
Amazon

   Armitage's Garden Perennials      Allan M. Armitage + Library   +  BWB   + Amazon   +  Publisher

Armitage's Garden Perennials 
Allan M. Armitage
+Library +BWB 
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Art of the Islamic Garden      Emma Clark + Library  + BWB   + Amazon  + Publisher

The Art of the Islamic Garden 
Emma Clark
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Building Codes Illustrated      Francis D.K. Ching  + Library  + BWB   + Amazon  + Publisher

Building Codes Illustrated 
Francis D.K. Ching
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Case: Downsview Park      Julia Czerniak + Library  + Amazon

Case: Downsview Park 
Julia Czerniak
+Library +Amazon

   The Chinese Garden: History, Art, and Architecture      Maggie Keswick + Library  + BWB  + Amazon

The Chinese Garden: History, Art, and Architecture 
Maggie Keswick
+Library +BWB
+Amazon

   City: Rediscovering the Center      William H. Whyte + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

City: Rediscovering the Center 
William H. Whyte
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural Components      Astrid Zimmerman + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher  + Preview

Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural Components 
Astrid Zimmerman
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher
+Preview

   Data Flow 2      Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Nicolas Bourquin, & Thibaud Tissot + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Data Flow 2 
Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Nicolas Bourquin, & Thibaud Tissot
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Death and Life of Great American Cities      Jane Jacobs + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

The Death and Life of Great American Cities 
Jane Jacobs
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Resilience to Climate Change      Donald Watson & Michele Adams + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Resilience to Climate Change 
Donald Watson & Michele Adams
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Design of Cities      Edmund N. Bacon + Library  + BWB  + Amazon

Design of Cities 
Edmund N. Bacon
+Library +BWB
+Amazon

   Design with Nature      Ian L. McHarg + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Design with Nature 
Ian L. McHarg
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Designing Outdoor Environments for Children: Landscaping School Yards, Gardens and Playgrounds      Mary Haque, Erin Knight, Gina McLellan, & Lolly Tai + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Designing Outdoor Environments for Children: Landscaping School Yards, Gardens and Playgrounds 
Mary Haque, Erin Knight, Gina McLellan, & Lolly Tai
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture   Virginia McLeod + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture
Virginia McLeod
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs      Michael A. Dirr + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs 
Michael A. Dirr
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Elements of Style Illustrated      William Strunk, E.B. White, & Maira Kalman + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

The Elements of Style Illustrated 
William Strunk, E.B. White, & Maira Kalman
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes      Rick Darke + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes 
Rick Darke
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Endless City      Ricky Burdett & Deyan Sudjic + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

The Endless City 
Ricky Burdett & Deyan Sudjic
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Envisioning Information      Edward R. Tufte + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Envisioning Information 
Edward R. Tufte
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Garden as Architecture: Form and Spirit in the Gardens of Japan, China, and Korea      Toshiro Inaji & Pamela Virgilio + Library  + BWB  + Amazon

The Garden as Architecture: Form and Spirit in the Gardens of Japan, China, and Korea 
Toshiro Inaji & Pamela Virgilio
+Library +BWB
+Amazon

   Garden History: Philosophy and Design, 2000 BC - 2000 AD      Tom Turner + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Garden History: Philosophy and Design, 2000 BC - 2000 AD 
Tom Turner
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Garden in Winter      Rosemary Verey + Library  + BWB  + Amazon

The Garden in Winter 
Rosemary Verey
+Library +BWB
+Amazon

   Great Streets      Allan B. Jacobs + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Great Streets 
Allan B. Jacobs
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach      Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa & David C. Rouse + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach 
Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa & David C. Rouse
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Green Roof Systems: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Landscapes Over Structure      Susan Weiler & Katrin Scholz-Barth + Library  + BWB   + Amazon  + Publisher

Green Roof Systems: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Landscapes Over Structure 
Susan Weiler & Katrin Scholz-Barth
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Handbook of Regular Patterns      Peter S. Stevens + Library  + BWB   + Amazon

Handbook of Regular Patterns 
Peter S. Stevens
+Library +BWB
+Amazon

   High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC      Design Trust for Public Space & New York Department of Parks and Recreation + Library  + Amazon   + Free PDF

High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC 
Design Trust for Public Space & New York Department of Parks and Recreation
+Library +Amazon 
+Free PDF

   Interior Planting: A Guide to Plantscapes in Work and Leisure Places      Lynn Lockwood Seignot + Library  + Amazon

Interior Planting: A Guide to Plantscapes in Work and Leisure Places 
Lynn Lockwood Seignot
+Library +Amazon

   Land Mosaics: The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions      Richard T.T. Forman + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Land Mosaics: The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions 
Richard T.T. Forman
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards      Leonard J. Hopper + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards 
Leonard J. Hopper
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History      Elizabeth Barlow Rogers + Library  + BWB   + Amazon  + Publisher

Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History 
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day      Geoffrey Alan Jellicoe & Susan Jellicoe + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day 
Geoffrey Alan Jellicoe & Susan Jellicoe
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary      Dhiru Thadani + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary 
Dhiru Thadani
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space      Jan Gehl + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space 
Jan Gehl
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Low Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas      University of Arkansas Community Design Center + Library  + Amazon  + Publisher  + Free PDF

Low Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas 
University of Arkansas Community Design Center
+Library +Amazon
+Publisher +Free PDF

   Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape      Niall Kirkwood + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape 
Niall Kirkwood
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Materials for Sustainable Sites      Meg Calkins + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Materials for Sustainable Sites 
Meg Calkins
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Meaning in Landscape Architecture and Gardens      Marc Treib + Library  + BWB   + Amazon  + Publisher

Meaning in Landscape Architecture and Gardens 
Marc Treib
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   The Measure of Man & Woman: Human Factors in Design      Alvin R. Tilley + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

The Measure of Man & Woman: Human Factors in Design 
Alvin R. Tilley
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape      Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha + Library  + BWB  + Amazon

Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape 
Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha
+Library +BWB
+Amazon

   The Modernist Garden in France      Dorothee Imbert + Library  + BWB  + Amazon

The Modernist Garden in France 
Dorothee Imbert
+Library +BWB
+Amazon

   Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America: A Planting Design Manual for Environmental Designers   Gary L. Hightshoe + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America: A Planting Design Manual for Environmental Designers
Gary L. Hightshoe
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Petrochemical America      Richard Misrach & Kate Orff + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Petrochemical America 
Richard Misrach & Kate Orff
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Planting: A New Perspective      Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Planting: A New Perspective 
Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens      Charlotte M. Frieze + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens 
Charlotte M. Frieze
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World      Emma Marris + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World 
Emma Marris
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs      Ellen Dunham-Jones & June Williamson + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs 
Ellen Dunham-Jones & June Williamson
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront      Barry Bergdoll + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront 
Barry Bergdoll
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Site Construction Details Manual      Nicholas Dines & Kyle Brown + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Site Construction Details Manual 
Nicholas Dines & Kyle Brown
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Site Engineering for Landscape Architects      Steven Strom, Kurt Nathan, & Jake Woland + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Site Engineering for Landscape Architects 
Steven Strom, Kurt Nathan, & Jake Woland
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Soil Design Protocols for Landscape Architects and Contractors    Timothy A. Craul & Philip J. Craul + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Soil Design Protocols for Landscape Architects and Contractors 
Timothy A. Craul & Philip J. Craul
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Theory in Landscape Architecture: A Reader      Simon Swaffield + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Theory in Landscape Architecture: A Reader 
Simon Swaffield
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces      Clare Cooper Marcus & Naomi Sachs + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces 
Clare Cooper Marcus & Naomi Sachs
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Up by Roots      James Urban + Library  + Amazon  + Publisher

Up by Roots 
James Urban
+Library +Amazon
+Publisher

   Urban Regions      Richard T.T. Forman + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Urban Regions 
Richard T.T. Forman
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   A Visual Dictionary of Architecture      Francis D.K. Ching + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture 
Francis D.K. Ching
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher

   Wetlands      William J. Mitsch & James G. Gosselink + Library  + BWB  + Amazon  + Publisher

Wetlands 
William J. Mitsch & James G. Gosselink
+Library +BWB
+Amazon +Publisher