PhD on the (landscape) sublime

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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.


3 thoughts on “PhD on the (landscape) sublime

  1. I attended your speech at TU Delft two or three years ago, when I was during my Landscape Architectre master degree. Your opinion of sublime landscape really impressed me. And your speech influenced my understanding of beauty, not only about landscape architecture, also all other things in my life. Now I’m back in China and cannot go to your defence at Wageningen, which I am so interested to attend. So congratulations and wish your defense all going well! I hope to read more from your blog.

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About paulroncken

Paul Roncken is Assistent Professor Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University and Independent Advisor on Spatial Quality for the province of Utrecht (the Netherlands). His research focuses on integral design of productive landscapes with special attention to the experience of meaning and landscape aesthetics.