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Airijoki, Oskar, 2020. Why it felt wrong to remove the glass – investigating site and site-narratives at Regjeringskvartalet, Oslo, Norway. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)



The aim of this thesis is to find out in what ways site narratives emerge in the interaction between the human and the site, with Regjeringskvartalet (the site of the July 22, 2011 attack) in Oslo as case study. The purpose of the investigation is to shed light on how immaterial aspects can affect the understanding of the specific site. I argue that while immaterial aspects can affect design decisions in relation to the specific landscape, they are often ignored by the designer. The investigation and interpretation of the site are accomplished by a site visit applying the approach of the travelling transect in combination with Gadamer’s hermeneutic aesthetic theory. Resulting in six main parts systematically presenting various site-narrative. Thereafter, these narratives are discussed in relation to key concepts of landscape studies and Gadamer’s concepts of play, festival and symbol. The site-narratives and the following discussion exemplifies the extended thought process of a landscape designer in the early stages of a design project, showing that subjective and intersubjective aspects of site-thinking hold a significant role in the understanding of site. The paper ends with a reflection on how the knowledge obtained can be applied in design practice and future research, presenting the concept of photographic locality. However, the paper foremost presses the advantages of applying Gadamer’s spectatorial participation to design practice, indicating that designers themselves play an important role in the construction of site and therefore also in the
understanding of site.

Main title:Why it felt wrong to remove the glass – investigating site and site-narratives at Regjeringskvartalet, Oslo, Norway
Authors:Airijoki, Oskar
Supervisor:Diedrich, Lisa Babette
Examiner:Lindholm, Gunilla and Wirdelöv, Johan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LY002 Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp 300 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Keywords:The travelling transect, hermeneutics, Gadamer, photographic locality, site, landscape
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:21 Oct 2020 13:51
Metadata Last Modified:22 Oct 2020 08:08

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