Site, Sight, Insight : Essays on Landscape Architecture
Hunt questions our intellectual and aesthetic understanding of gardens and designed landscapes and asks how these sites affect us emotionally. Do gardens have meaning? When we visit a fine garden or designed landscape, we experience a unique work of great complexity in purpose, which has been executed over a number of years-a work that, occasionally, achieves beauty. While direct experience is fundamental, Hunt demonstrates how the ways in which gardens and landscapes are communicated in word and image can be equally important. He returns frequently to a cluster of key sites and writings on which he has based much of his thinking about garden-making and its role in landscape architecture: the gardens of Rousham in Oxfordshire; Thomas Whately's Observations on Modern Gardening (1770); William Gilpin's dialogues on Stowe (1747); Alexander Pope's meditation on genius loci; the Desert de Retz; Paolo Burgi's Cardada; and the designs by Bernard Lassus and Ian Hamilton Finlay.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
- 12 May 2016
- University of Pennsylvania Press
- Pennsylvania, United States
- 49 illus.
Other books in this series
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22 Nov 2002
03 Sep 2002
30 Jul 2008
22 Apr 2008
Table of contents
-Peter Walker and Jane Brown Gillette
Chapter 1. The Lie of the Land
Chapter 2. Near and Far, and the Spaces in Between
Chapter 3. Stourhead Revisited and the Pursuit of Meaning in Gardens
Chapter 4. Thomas Whately's Observations on Modern Gardening
Chapter 5. John Ruskin, Claude Lorrain, Robert Smithson, Christopher Tunnard, Nikolaus Pevsner, and Yve-Alain Bois Walked into a Bar . . .
Chapter 6. Folly in the Garden
Chapter 7. Jardins: Reflections on the Human Condition
Chapter 8. Between Garden and Landscape
Chapter 9. Ekphrasis: Deja Vu All Over Again
Chapter 10. Preservation in the Sphere of the Mind: Duration and Memory
Chapter 11. "ARCH, n. an architectural term. A material curve sustained by gravity as rapture by grief"
Afterword. From Illustration to Landscape
About John Dixon Hunt