Shades of Sublime, a design for landscape experiences as an instrument in the making of meaning

PhD defence

Shades of Sublime, a design for landscape experiences as an instrument in the making of meaning

PhD candidate dr.ir. PA (Paul) Roncken
Promotor prof.dr.ir. A (Adri) van den Brink
Co-promotor prof.dr. MGC (Matthijs) Schouten
Co-promotor prof. dr EA de Jong
Organisation Wageningen University, Landscape architecture, Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Date

Wed 14 March 2018 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Abstract

Historically, the idea of the sublime is often associated with grand and astounding natural scenery. This thesis investigates a twenty-first century idea of the sublime that includes dissonant phenomena such as ecosystem disruption and climate change. The subject of the sublime is symbolic of how unprepared the general audience is for dealing with the inherent disorders that arise when confronted with ‘negative’ aesthetic engagement. Landscape design, however, can mediate this experience to facilitate a creative act of imagination and identification with contemporary sublime phenomena. This in turn provides an opportunity to speculate on a future landscape architectural repertoire.