Michel Desvigne is no doubt the most high-profile French
landscape architect working today. He collaborates with
architects like Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano,
Ieoh Ming Pei, Herzog and de Meuron, and Jean Nouvel, and
his projects are synonymous with a strong strategic and
conceptual component, influenced by insights from geography.
Traffic projects also play an important role in his work –
they underscore the competence of landscape architecture in
matters of city planning. This thematic monograph documents
the key elements of Desvigne’s work in individual chapters:
processes of transformation, geography, territory, urban
structures, and public squares. Each of these themes is
vividly illustrated by selected projects, including the
Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Dallas Center for
the Performing Arts, the French Ministry of Culture in
Paris, and Keio University in Tokyo.