November 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm #159326Jamie MetcalfeParticipant
I was wondering if anyone out there would know any good examples of landscape narratives that have been developed?
I am studying in gloucestershire and have not been able to experience a lot of sites first hand. I am currently writing a study on landscape narratives and I am looking for some good examples.
Any help would be much appreciated.
JamieNovember 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm #159330Trace OneParticipant
what the heck is a landscape narrative?November 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm #159329Chris WhittedParticipant
I’m surprised you haven’t heard the term before Trace – I remember it from school in the late 90’s and still see it used rather frequently. Basically it’s a/the story that is either told by the landscape or experienced by a user. At its most literal, think interpretive walks or parks with timelines etched into the pavers. On a more abstract level one could look at the layout of a pioneer farmstead – things were placed where they were for a reason, and those reasons tell the story of how people lived there. For the experience side, a designer could have in mind a series of experiences approaching a hedge maze, finding one’s way through it, and discovering a hidden garden at its center.
Jamie, it might help if you could be a little more specific in what you’re looking for, as every landscape tells a story. Are you looking for written, documented narratives about particular landscapes, or examples of the more literal parks designed to tell a story kind of thing? No specifics come to mind off the top of my head, but I do recall numerous examples profiled in Landscape Architecture Magazine; both literal and more abstract.November 18, 2011 at 10:23 am #159328Jamie MetcalfeParticipant
Thanks Chris you have explained it really well.
Yeah I was basically looking for written documented narratives. The main ones I have been thinking about are memorial sites. Peter Walkers design for ground zero NYC would be a good example of this. But I want to expand on this and havent found that many good examples of my own.
Thanks again Chris
JamieNovember 18, 2011 at 11:06 am #159327Trace OneParticipant
It sounds like what we called, when I was in school (graduated in 1987, Chris,perhaps pre-date this verbiage fashion..), “Reading Landscapes” the whole process taken from the book “Reading the Landscapes of America” by May Theilgard Watts..Great book..
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