Because the landscape as an idea only exists in our heads, Burckhardt’s texts (and drawings) are less about the beautiful views, but about the diverse relationships a simple walker enters into with his environment. Anyone who observes the environment with watchful eyes will ask themselves interesting questions: why, for example, city and country are no longer so easy to separate in times of increasing urban sprawl. Or why we perceive a viaduct as beautiful, but a nuclear power plant as a disruption. But also why gardens are like works of art and should therefore be questioned exactly like them. Lucius Burckhardt (1925 – 2003) taught architectural theory at the University of Kassel and founded promenadology in the 1980s, developing it into a complex and far-sighted planning and design discipline. This book is the first to publish 28 texts by the design and planning critic in English, which focus on the aspects of landscape, garden art and the science of walking.
Why is Landscape Beautiful?
Author: Lucius Burckhardt
Edited by Markus Ritter and Martin Schmitz
The Science of Strollology
Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel
First edition, 2015
Softcover – 320 pages, 32 images.
Format: 13.34 x 1.91 x 19.69 cm