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The electronic version of Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics is available at: www.ceeol.com

2/2008

XLV (New Series: I)
Issued: 15th November 2008
Biannual
Founded: 1964
Re-established as an international journal: 2008
ISSN: 0014 –1291
Language: English, German

„Eine weite Wohnung unter freiem Himmel“? Zu einer Ästhetik der Sinnesgärten

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/217/eine-weite-wohnung-unter-freiem-himmel-zu-einer-aesthetik-der-sinnesgaerten

 

‘Eine weite Wohnung unter freiem Himmel’? On the Aesthetics of Gardens of the Senses
Although the common experience of nature and gardens engages all the senses, historical analysis of garden theory shows a clear tendency to reduce green spaces to their imagery and to take the visual arts as the model for garden design. A counter-tendency to this primacy of vision has, however, lately emerged – namely, gardens of the senses or healing gardens, which accentuate also the tactile and olfactory qualities of vegetation and materials. The literature on gardens of the senses provides useful empirical guidelines for garden designers, but on a rather eclectic theoretical basis that applies mainly to private jardins de plaisir. Nevertheless, the accentuation of tactile and olfactory qualities in gardens constitutes a source of well-being, and contributes to a deceleration of life, a positive experience of the natural order and rhythm, and the habitability of a place. Moreover, they are informal laboratories for the education of the senses, and their empirical taxonomies may be integrated into an aesthetic theory of sensory design.