Contemporary Landscapes of Contemplation

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Overview

Rebecca Krinke and her contributors, Marc Treib, John Beardsley, Michael Singer, Lance Neckar, and Heinrich Hermann, all highly regarded scholars and designers, have produced a pioneering investigation into contemplative landscapes. The essays explore the role of contemplative space in a postmodern world, and examine the impact of nature and culture on the design and interpretation of contemplative landscapes. Through numerous case studies, the authors disclose principles used to create successful contemplative landscapes. Relationships and differences between contemplative and commemorative space are highlighted, as well as the links between contemplative landscapes and restorative landscapes (those landscapes that provide measurable benefit to human health).
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'An invaluable collection ... [the] essays are invaluable tools for our entire profession engaged in designing any landscape.' - Dennis Winters, ASLA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415700689
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : contemplation, landscapes of contemplation, contemporary 1
Attending 13
On the transcendent in landscapes of contemplation 36
Map of memory, an interview 73
Contemplative landscapes, restorative landscapes 107
Berlin : topology of contemplation 139
Filling a void : creating contemporary spaces for contemplation 174
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2007

    Strategies for Connecting Thought to Place

    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.

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