Contemporary Landscapes of Contemplationby Rebecca Krinke
Contemplative landscape and contemplative space are familiar terms in the areas of design, landscape architecture and architecture. Krinke and her highly regarded contributors set out to explore definitions, theories, and case studies of contemplative landscapes. The contributors, Marc Treib, John Beardsley, Michael Singer, Lance Neckar, Heinrich Hermann and
Contemplative landscape and contemplative space are familiar terms in the areas of design, landscape architecture and architecture. Krinke and her highly regarded contributors set out to explore definitions, theories, and case studies of contemplative landscapes. The contributors, Marc Treib, John Beardsley, Michael Singer, Lance Neckar, Heinrich Hermann and Rebecca Krinke have spent their careers researching, critiquing, and making landscapes. Here they investigate the role of contemplative space in a post-modern world and examine the impact of nature and culture on the design or interpretation of contemplative landscapes.
The essays, drawn from both scholarship and personal experience explore the links between spaces designed to provide health benefits and contemplative space.
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In the world of environmental design, to believe that the qualities of space can influence the process of thought is pretty heady stuff. Yet, at some base level, it is what brings most designers to the field. Do we make a difference? Will our efforts allow people to FEEL? Like a gift, Krinke's book, arising from the symposium at the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota, presents to today's designer the issues at the intersection of space and culture. 'Contemporary' of the title refers less to a style of design than to where we find ourselves today and how we, the audience of the information age, respond to the vast and subtle cues of Landscape. The scripted environment is becoming ubiquitous. Its goals range from better traffic flow to the altar of development: Better Sales. That we become cynical by the offerings of designers is not surprising. But in an about-face from the trend of synthesis--of mixed-use, the contemplative environment offers isolation. Like the black and white photos of this book, it offers a reduction of message. It offers engagement. Like the landscape profession, indeed, like landscape itself, the messages delivered in this book are quiet and assured. We are trusted by the writers to acknowledge the complexities of the systems within even though the familiarity of individual concepts might wrongly suggest that we already understand. Writing on design need not be confrontational nor exhortative. We can be grateful to the contributors of this book for daring to take on the task of defining contemplation, examining paths, and presenting by example the experiments into the quest.