Landscapes of Memory and Experience

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Jan Birksted
Taylor & Francis, Dec 6, 2012 - Architecture - 288 pages
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It has been argued that the history of landscape and of gardens has been marginalized from the mainstream of art history and visual studies because of a lack of engagement with the theories, methods and concepts of these disciplines. This book explores possible ways out of this impasse in such a way that landscape studies would become pivotal through its theoretical advances, since landscape studies would challenge the underlying assumptions of traditional phenomenological theory. Thus the history and theory of twentieth-century landscape might not only once again share concepts and methods with contemporary art and design history, but might in turn influence them.
A complementary sequel to Relating Architecture to Landscape, this volume of essays explores further areas of interest and discussion in the landscape/architecture debate and offers contributions from a team of well-known researchers, teachers and writers. The choice of topics is wide-ranging and features case studies of modern and contemporary schemes from the USA, Far East and Australasia.
 

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Contents

Jan Birksted
2
The site of memory
8
Vision and optical instruments
61
Concepts of nature and body
105
Observing recording
160
Aesthetic analysis
199
Contributors
259
Index
262
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Birksted is at the University of East London.

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