Ecology, Community and Delight

Ecology, Community and Delight

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This book examines the three principal value systems which influence landscape architectural practice: the aesthetic, the social and the environmental, and seeks to discover the role that the profession should be playing now and for the future. The book integrates an investigation of historical sources with contemporary research into the beliefs and values of practitioners. The book raises questions such as: should landscape architecture aspire to the status of an art form? What is the relationship between aesthetics and ecology? Does landscape architecture have a social mission?... at different times a€”for Plato it was timeless order, for Hogarth it was a gently curving line, while for Payne Knight it could be a natural shagginess. ... and, in certain frames of mind, seem to be able to take an aesthetic pleasure in just about anything, including blast furnaces or satanic mills. ... Those who write about landscape aesthetics do not produce rule books or manuals to tell others how to design.

Title:Ecology, Community and Delight
Author:Ian Thompson
Publisher:Routledge - 2003-09-02


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