Books Authored by Pamela

Private Landscapes: Modernist Gardens in Southern California
by Pamela Burton & Marie Botnick
Publication Date: January 1, 2003,
Princeton Architectural Press
Hardcover: 192 pagesAvailable for purchase:
Princeton Architectural Press  |  |  Barnes & NoblePrivate Landscapes profiles nineteen significant modernist gardens and their accompanying houses by some of the most famous mid-century architects working in Southern California. The book includes six projects by Richard Neutra, three projects by A. Quincy Jones, as well as others by J.R. Davidson, Harwell Hamilton Harris, John Lautner, and Rudolph Schindler. Their designs continue to provide inspiration for landscape architects and architects everywhere.

Pamela Burton Landscapes
by Pamela Burton
Publication Date: October 6, 2010,
Princeton Architectural Press
Hardcover: 192 pagesAvailable for purchase:
Princeton Architectural Press  |
Hennessey & Ingalls  |  Amazon.comIn his Introduction to Pamela Burton Landscapes, Robert A.M. Stern writes that “in accommodating the range of needs that each project imposes, Pamela Burton never loses sight of beauty. Her art is knowing how to create places that serve the human spirit.” Pamela Burton Landscapes presents nineteen of her built works for public and private clients, with sites ranging from beach to desert and from farm to city block.

Recommended by Pamela

Dreaming Small: Intimate Interiors
by Douglas Woods (Author)
Melba Levick (Photographs)
This books makes a wonderful argument for “Small is Better”.  It is about the power and presence of small architectural spaces and includes five pages of photographs of Rancho Dulce, our citrus ranch in Ojai.
private-paradicePrivate Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens
by Charlotte Frieze
Charlotte Frieze was for over ten years Garden Editor of House and Garden and is a close friend.  This book is a survey of the best of recent residential design and includes two of our projects, one in Santa Monica, the other in Pacific Palisades.
landprintsLandprints: The Landscape Designs of Bernard Trainor
by Susan Heeger
Bernard Trainor is from Australia and works in the Bay Area.  His landscapes are elegant, sustainable, and resonant.  Susan Heeger’s writing is a model of clarity and insight.
Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
by Leonard Koren
My friend Leonard Koren and I attended architecture school together at UCLA.  Wabi-Sabi, first published in 1994, is a contemporary classic.  It explains wabi-sabi as “a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”
gardens-of-gravel-and-sandGardens of Gravel and Sand
by Leonard Koren
While wabi-sabi is about nature in its impermanent state, the gardens of gravel and sand described in this book are about the anti-wabi-sabi.  As explained by Leonard, they are not about “letting it be” but about “making-it-be,” that is, subverting nature’s plan and imposing order where there was none before.  Read Leonard’s book How to Rake Leaves for additional thoughts on chance and symbol.
arranging-thingsArranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement
by Leonard Koren
Every day, we are placing objects next to one another, from plants and trees to forks and knives to books and photographs.  This book is about learning to see the world around us and developing a personal aesthetic.
Ursule Mirouêt and The Quest of the Absolute
by Honoré de Balzac
Balzac was a master at observing the details of everyday life and of the psychology of interpersonal relationships.  These novels are part of Balzac’s series La Comédie Humaine and describe people similar to those we encounter in today’s world.
Giotto: Architect of Form and Color
by Jacqueline Guillaud
Giotto’s fresco cycle in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, completed in 1305, was painted when three-point perspective was slowly being discovered.  Especially interesting is the way that Giotto created a pictorial narrative from the written narratives in the Bible.  This book is, among other things, about visualizing and communicating information in a rapturous way.