Purity does not exist in the observed landscape; observed and a human limited construct of beauty, the unobserved is unknown and thus can only be imagined, which brought me back to the individual interpretation of landscape whether an impressionist artist to the over familiar sense of place distorted by grinding pressures of everyday life, ie a beautiful park is irrelevant to someone who has lost their income and could lose their home, too many variables, thus purity is nature ‘doing’, rather than ‘looking’ evolving from its function over form ( told you I’m a modernist at heart). Beauty indeed in the eyes of the beholder and no more.
We don’t design in a Fixed Point of Time; due to deterioration, evolution and time. The intervention, is just that, and how it affects the landscape continues along the timeline, so therefore the intervention of ‘design’ has to be considered with that in mind, not a fixed point, but with long term consequences.
A resonance is always left due to the intervention; as explained earlier and this should be at least accounted for, reasoned and contemplated as to the long term impact. Decay can have a certain beauty and is part of life and thus should be considered.
Note the ‘fail’ image was purposely created from the image in the last section, to show how one state of literal evolved into an abstract, but without the physical intervention, the image of the intervention and my intervention via photoshop, the image could’ve never existed.
All the cognitive distortions we wander around within our heads. It is important that design should be a framework for locals stakeholders to finish with their own sense of place, with the proviso that the ‘visitor’ will always have that first wonder/disgust or something in between. So local ownership of place has and would take this into account as local pride of place, as seen in many small villages.
Our biophilic response to nature is because we are part of nature, we rely on nature for everything. It’s not so much dominating or being dominated by nature, but accepting we are part of it and the only thing we will eventually destroy, is ourselves, not the planet. So maybe the self interest of survival may kick in, the only questions are; is when, and how far down the road to hell are we going to go before the acceptance of the real value of resource over the human construct of created money via debt lending do we go?
City as landscape By Tom Turner
Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism By TJ Clark
Finding Lost space By Roger Thancik
Space is the Machine by Bill Hillier
The image of the City by Kevin Lynch
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces By W. H Whyte
Universal principles of Design by William Lidwell
Urban space by Rob Krier
2001 A space Odyssey Requiem for Suprano
2001 A space Odyssey Atmospheres
“4’33” John Cage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUJagb7hL0E&feature=related
Poème électronique (1958) Edgar Varése http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7AIiTeKBUc&feature=related
Tiger (1928) Henry Cowell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ZbPUJwvyE&feature=related
The wanderer above the sea of fog by Caspar David Friedrich http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caspar_David_Friedrich_032.jpg
I am sitting in a room part one Alvin Lucier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCgicEWD1Nc
I am sitting in a room part four Alvin Lucier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLnaxLW2GLI
Music on a long thin wire (1980) Alvin Lucier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwE4Jwk_zeI&feature=related