Sublime flooding of the Maniny brownfield

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_GRADUATION WORK_ by Zuzana Jančovičová
This work aims to recreate the imbalanced relationship between the city and its river by providing sustainable flood mitigation and a brownfield redevelopment solution. Through an intuitive exploration of natural processes and psychosomatic concern of an individual, the appearances of designed elements afford an embodied landscape experience of prevailing potential of flood danger. It is supposed that the performance of the sublime appearance has the best ability in altering one´s perception and psychological state and thus provoke those who encounter it to become more sensitive to what landscape affords in their immediate everyday atmospheres

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The minefield of a dissonant site – Exploring design strategies

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_GRADUATION WORK_ by Sanne van der Mijl
The subject of this research is: sites of dissonant heritage. The research is a triangulation between landscape architecture, heritage studies and experience theory. The remnants of war symbolize a communal traumatic memory. The consequences of disturbing events result in a scarred landscape. The synthesis led to the creation and use of the model for experiencing a dissonant heritage site.

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Sublime design of the everyday work landscape in the Hamerstraatgebied

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_GRADUATION WORK_ by Abel Coenen and Sascha Geneste
In landscape architecture, ‘beauty’ is often considered as the ultimate design goal. However, the landscape architecture profession deals with many more issues than only beautiful landscapes, such as water safety, brownfield restoration and human engagement – issues that touch upon a deeper relation between man and landscape. In this relation we recognize the mechanism of ‘the sublime’, a concept emphasizing deep human emotions.

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Murmur of limits: Evoking the sensuous encounter between ecological phenomena and humans

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_GRADUATION WORK_ by Naiara Valcarlos
This theoretical and design research explores the realm of perception in the milieu of new nature development. It focuses on relating the sensuous encounter with materiality of the landscape. New nature consisting of not only accomplished ecological recovery but a landscape instilled with human scale that supports ecological function.

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Three Unhelpful Claims on the Protection of Nature and Landscape

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_ARTICLE_ by Kris van Koppen
In this somewhat provocative essay for TOPOS, I will dispute three often-heard claims in debates on nature and landscape planning. While plausible at first sight, none of these claims is valid. Moreover, none of them is helpful in protecting and improving our natural environment. In this essay, I will explain why I think so, and argue for forms of nature and landscape planning in which government, citizens, and experts all play significant roles. I will take the Netherlands as example, but the arguments have a wider relevance.

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Aesthetic Engagement with Built Landscape

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_ARTICLE_ by Yuriko Saito
Everyday aesthetics, the subject of my recent work, aims to illuminate those aspects of our lives that are normally not the focus of aesthetic attention. Objects of daily use and the environment we inhabit are commonly regarded as a background against which various events and activities take place. As such, they are taken for granted and generally do not give rise to a memorable experience, unless their familiarity is disrupted.

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Children and sublime landscapes

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_ARTICLE_ by Paul Roncken
TOPOS asked researcher Paul Roncken for a contribution to the topic of contemporary landscape aesthetics. As assistant professor he is connected to the landscape architecture group of Wageningen University and works on several topics involving aesthetics and design education and research. He shares his view on the development of sublime landscape experiences during childhood.

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