Mark Cowell, Senior Lecturer at Birmingham School of Architecture has given his top nine favourite examples of landscape architecture from around the world in celebration of World Landscape Architecture Month, which took place during April.

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9. Rousham – William Kent


Rousham House is a country house at Rousham in Oxfordshire, built in the 1600s and remodelled by William Kent in the 18th century.


8. Parc de Bercy – Bernard Huet, Ian la Casigne et al

Parc de Bercy

This Parisian park is made up of three gardens designed by architects such as Bernad Huet and Ian Le Caisne.


7. The ‘Gilles Clement’ parts of the Parc Andre Citroen

Parc Andre Citroen

Parc Andre Citroen is a public park by the river Seine and gets its name from being built on a former Citroen automobile manufacturing plant.


6. Little Sparta – Ian Hamilton Finlay

Little Sparta

Photo by Ergonomik / CC BY 2.0

Little Sparta was created by Ian Hamilton Finlay and is situated in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.


5. Parc de Buttes-Chaumont – J C A Alphand et al

Parc de Buttes Chaumont

Parc de Buttes-Chaumont is a public park in the northeast of Paris.


4. Chiswick Park – William Kent

Chiswick Park

Photo by NH53 / CC BY 2.0


Chiswick House and Gardens feature some of Kent’s most important designs.


3. Schouwburgplein – West 8

Schouwburgplein - West 8

Photo by Tijmen Kielen / CC BY 2.0


Theatre Square is located in the city of Rotterdam and is made up of the municipal theatre, concert hall, restaurants, central station and shopping malls.


2. AmsterdamseBos – van Esteren and Mulder

Amsterdamse Bos

Photo by DennisM2 / CC BY 2.0


Most of this park is located in Amstelveen but owned by the city of Amsterdam.


1. Pratolino (what’s left of it!) – Bernardo Buontalenti


Photos by Ashley Van Haeften / CC By 2.0


The Villa di Pratolino was a Renaissance patrician villa in Tuscany, Italy. A large amount of it was demolished in 1820.

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