History and Theory of Landscapes I

Karin Raith
Architecture, Building Construction
2021W, Vorlesungen (VO), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02703

Description

Water for survival, water for the senses.

For thousands of years, people have been opening up the most diverse regions as living spaces, both by adapting their way of life to the geographical conditions and by redesigning the local environment according to their needs. Water management plays a central role in this. On the one hand, the transformation of  landscapes through water infrastructures serves the cultivation of territories, on the other hand, the aesthetic quality of water has always been used to express symbolic meanings, to delight the senses, to give pleasure to people. Its fascination lies in the change of its aggregate states, in the variety of its manifestations, in the horror of lack or overabundance, in other words in its multiformity and ambivalence. Water is both a basic substance of life and a significant material for art.

The topic of the winter semester is a cultural history of landscape transformation through water management and the use of water as an artistic medium in landscape design up to the 20th century. In the summer semester, we will deal with current developments.

Examination Modalities

The course format of the winter semester is a classic lecture with a written final examination.

(History and Theory of Landscapes II in the summer semester consists of lectures, presentations by students, guest lectures and short excursions. Exam: Analysis and presentation of an agreed topic in class including delivery of a short written summary of this presentation. Active participation in the course. Exam interview in the form of a group discussion at the end of the semester.)

Comments

The course will be held in English.

Attending both courses – History and Theory of Landscapes I in the winter semester and History and Theory of Landscapes II in the summer semester – is recommended, as there are cross-connections in terms of content.

Key Words

landscape transformation, landscape art, cultural history, architecture, water management, water in art

Dates

11 October 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 5
18 October 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 5
25 October 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10
08 November 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10
15 November 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10
22 November 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10
29 November 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10
06 December 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10
13 December 2021, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10
10 January 2022, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10
24 January 2022, 10:15–11:45 Seminar Room 10

Course Enrolment

From 26 July 2021, 11:00 to 18 October 2021, 23:55
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Theory: Supplementary Subjects

Fine Arts (2. Section): Scientific and Research Practice: Media Theory,Art&Knowledge Transfer,Th. of Architecture,Th. and Hist. of Design

Fine Arts (2. Section): Scientific and Research Practice: Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice

Individual courses: possible