Unsettling Ecoscapes – Aesthetic Performances for Sustainable Futures

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Unsettling Ecoscapes – Aesthetic Performances for Sustainable Futures
Author(s) Hellström Reimer, Maria
Date 2010
English abstract
While the current climate crisis tightens its stranglehold on contemporary society, many are those who put their faith in groundbreaking design and artistic innovation. As a side effect of the climate threat, this renewed celebration of creative agency may be welcome, not the least from a landscape architecture perspective, since in the context of sustainable development every design action is also a landscaping gesture with environmental implications. Nevertheless, isolated from a broader societal context, these new eco-scapes risk ending up as nothing but attractive emerald patches disguising a sprawling global ‘junkspace’. As an expanded field of aesthetic and political agency, however, the emerging sustainability culture offers new perspectives on creative spatial practice. Approaching the environmental issue from the perspective of contemporary landscape related art practices, this article seeks to contribute to the articulation of a landscape aesthetics that would meet the requirements of our agitated time. Such articulation, however, requires a reconsideration of landscape aesthetics beyond the consoling and beautiful, as well as a fundamental shift in landscape thinking from representation to agency. The future eco-scape is not necessarily a sphere where you feel ‘at ease’, but a performative and unsettled space in constant transformation and change.
Link http://www.jola-lab.eu/www/issue-9_spring-2010.html (external link to publication)
Publisher European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools
Host/Issue Journal of Landscape Architecture;9
ISSN 1862-6033
Pages 24-37
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) sustainability
art
aesthetics
representation
performativity
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13129 (link to this page)

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