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SITE, SIGHT, INSIGHT: ESSAYS ON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE. John Dixon Hunt. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2016. Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture. 208 pp. with 49 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-39600 ISBN 9780812248005 In English.
Publisher's description: Site, Sight, Insight presents twelve essays by John Dixon Hunt, the leading theorist and historian of landscape architecture. The collection's common theme is a focus on sites, how we see them and what we derive from that looking. Acknowledging that even the most modest landscape encounter has validity, Hunt contends that the more one knows about a site and one's own sight of it (an awareness of how one is seeing), the greater the insight. Employing the concepts, tropes, and rhetorical methods of literary analysis, he addresses the problem of how to discuss, understand, and appreciate places that are experienced through all the senses, over time and through space. 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.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Architecture, Landscape and Garden Design, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171422
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