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Ramble, linger and gaze
KTH, Superseded Departments, Architecture.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9733-6851
2000 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Ramble, linger, and gaze explores a method of architecturalresearch based on narrative dialogue and examines the gardentheories and lite­rary garden representations of ThomasWhately (Observations on Modern gardening 1770) and JosephHeely (Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil, and theLeasowes 1777). The thesis has the form of a narrated dialoguebetween these two writers and the narrator, and it is situatedat Hagley Park, Worchestershire, England. The work does nothave a strictly art-historical aim, but wishes to provide newinsights in the field of archi­tectural research on both amethodological and an historical level. While the dialogicalmode of writing is explored as an hermeneutical research methodfor the field of architec­tural history and theory, thetext in itself discloses a world of reflec­tions and ideasthat surrounded the English landscape garden in the1770’s, and engages, from our present-daypo­si­tion, in a dialogue with that world.

The beginnings of diverse and opposing phenomena of our timecan be traced to the culture of the 18th century. Ascon­structions of the 18th century, Hagley Park, as wellas Whately and Heely’s texts, lead us closer to thehorizons of the indi­viduals and the society that producedit. But the landscape gar­den and the texts, as they standto­day, are also sites for alter­nativeepistemological models. Through its fictional character, thelandscape garden provides a possibility to move withininterpretative layers and spiralling horizons. It celebrates apoint of view on the move, both literally (physically) andimagi­natively. The dissertation demonstrates thepossibilities of arti­culating this spatio-temporalphenomenon within the field of architectural research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2000. , 370 p.
Trita-ARK. Akademisk avhandling, ISSN 1402-7461 ; 00:1
Keyword [en]
architecture, landscape, representation, 18thcentury land­scape garden, 18th century England, ThomasWhately, Joseph Heely, Hagley Park, garden history, gardentheory, garden representation, garden experience, architecturalrepresentation, poetic representation, narrativerepresentation, philosophical dialogue, architectural researchmethodology, hermeneutics.
National Category
Architectural Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-2964ISBN: 91-7170-505-8 (print)OAI: diva2:8705
Public defence
2000-05-19, 00:00
QC 20100609Available from: 2000-05-19 Created: 2000-05-19 Last updated: 2010-06-09Bibliographically approved

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