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Eriksson, Sanna Margareta, 2013. Den eviga debatten? : om naturalism eller formalism som förhållningssätt inom svensk landskapsarkitektur. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)



In this essay, I explore the history of the ideas that have shaped the profession of landscape architecture, in a Swedish context. To this purpose, I have sampled the professional debate on landscape architecture at four points in time. These are the years around 1890, 1930, 1970 and 2010.

Drawing on G N Brandt (1920), I make the distinction between two arguably crucial approaches, i . e., naturalism and formalism. By identifying these perspectives, and by dividing the arguments of each time period according to this classification, I am able to compare the course of the debate over time.

I take on the task through hermeneutics. The material is the debate as articulated in a variety of text-based mediums.

The conceptual division of naturalism contra formalism is to be understood as a tool for analysis. The division also necessitates a discussion on the link between man and nature, a relationship that I argue to lie deep in the discourse of landscape architecture.

Furthermore, I explore a selection of influential methods, theories and ideals - those specific to landscape architectural discourse, and those coming from a more general, public debate. This leg of the essay serve to contextualise and examine the contemporary conditions for the profession.

I argue that the use of the dialectical method is helpful in order to extrapolate an interdisciplinary debate that has been essential for the development of landscape architecture.

Main title:Den eviga debatten?
Subtitle:om naturalism eller formalism som förhållningssätt inom svensk landskapsarkitektur
Authors:Eriksson, Sanna Margareta
Supervisor:Gustavsson, Eva
Examiner:Wingren, Carola and Larsson, Marie
Series:Självständigt arbete vid LTJ-fakulteten, SLU
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2013
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:YLARK Landscape Architecture Programme (admitted before July 1, 2007) 300 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Keywords:landskapsarkitekturhistoria, landskapsarkitektur, naturalism, formalism, professionalisering
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:19 Jun 2013 12:48
Metadata Last Modified:19 Jun 2013 12:48

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