PhD on the (landscape) sublime

by paulroncken

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public defence
2018 March 14 16:00 Aula Wageningen, the Netherlands

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 extreme weather conditions
due to 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.