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The Landscapes of Dieter Kienast

With a Preface by Erik A. De Jong
With a Foreword by Christophe Girot
With Photography by Georg Aerni
Dieter Kienast (1945–1998) is a key Swiss figure in European landscape architecture. Amidst a striking change in the relationship between society and nature in the 1970s, he sought a synthesis between design and ecology. As a designer, planner, researcher, and university lecturer, Kienast introduced new facets to those fields. Critiques of urban planning, processes of participation, and the significance of spontaneous urban vegetation played just as prominent a role in these discussions as did art, literature, architecture, and the popularity of postmodernism. This book not only vividly deconstructs the ways in which design, theory, and representation are interwoven in Kienast’s work, but also sheds light on a specific period of landscape architecture.

440 pages | 150 color plates, 110 halftones | 9 x 12 1/4

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism, European Architecture

Education: Philosophy of Education


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Table of Contents

I The Nature of the City
Traces of Kassel
A New Type of Green Urban Planner
A New Theory of Planning Open Spaces: The Kassel School
Lucius Burckhardt’s Critique of Planning
Kienast and the Kassel School
The Third Stocktaking of the World
The Natural and the Artificial:
The Dry Grassland Biotope in Basel
Sociopolitical Allegories
Vegetation and Use: The École cantonale de langue française in Bern
New Images of Urban Nature
Processes of Reinterpretation:
The Front Yard and Rear Courtyardfor Ernst Basler + Partner in Zurich
Conditions for Designing Urban Open
Space: The Garden Courtyard for the Schweizerische Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft in Zurich

II Forms of Use
Aesthetic Experience and Coping with Everyday Life
“Using Open Space Means Coping with Everyday Life”: Kienast’s First Design for
the Grounds of a Housing Development
Form as the Antithesis of the Natural Garden: The Brühlwiese Municipal Park
in Wettingen
Transparency and Collage: Making City and Countryside Legible
One’s Own Garden as a Field for Experiment
Mourning and the Experience of Nature: Consolation through Beauty as a Way of
Coping with Everyday Life

III Drawing and Perceiving Media of Representation
From Zoning to Designing
“This Thing We Call Art”: Dieter Kienast and the Phenomenology of Postmodernism: Art, Architecture, Literature
A Vocabulary for the Landscape I: haping the Terrain
A Vocabulary for the Landscape II: Drawing and Representation as Processes
for Understanding Topography, Form, and Material
Mechanisms of Representation: Texts,Photographs, Exhibitions, and Video

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