Marc Treib, professor of architecture at the College of Environmental Design, is coauthor, with Dorothee Imbert, of "Garrett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living," a detailed study of more than 60 of his projects.
Publication coincides with an exhibition on Eckbo's design ideas, "Garrett Eckbo: Landscape for Living," curated by Treib and Imbert. The show is on view at Berkeley Art Museum through March 9.
Garrett Eckbo, former professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture (now the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning) has played a central role in the formulation and practice of modern landscape architecture.
Treib examines the aesthetic formulation of Eckbo's manner and its influence on the environmental design in the mid-20th century, addressing the conditions of modern living, especially in California, included outdoor activities, reduced lot sizes, limited time and interest in gardening. The stringent conditions of migrant worker camps, wartime housing projects and collective commissions make up much of his work.
"While so many modern American landscape architects focus on the private garden, and later the corporate landscape," write the authors, "Eckbo designed also in the public sphere....For him, landscape design was also an art, but a social art."
The book is published by University of California Press. Eckbo writes the afterword.
Anthony A. Long, professor of classics and Irving Stone Professor of Literature, is the author of the lead essay in "The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and Its Legacy," a collection of essays published this month by University of California Press.
Long's article is entitled "The Socratic Tradition: Diogenes, Crates and Hellenistic Ethics."
Cynicism was an influential branch of the Socratic tradition, inspired by the radical thought of Diogenes of Sinope in the 4th century B.C., who taught that happiness required the rejection of traditional morality based on shame and social constraint.
It became a highly diversified cultural movement, involving bands of Cynics who roamed the streets of Alexandria or Constantinople in the time of the Roman empire, claiming Diogenes as their patron and model.
Edited by R. Bracht Branham and Marie-Odile Goulet-Caze, the book brings together the work of an international group of scholars examining the entire tradition associated with the ancient Cynics.