Terra Nova: An Integrated Landscape Art Program

Prigann, Herman
One of the main problems that we have with landscape today, is the far-reaching suppression of our co-responsibility for its condition. What is needed is a revision of our attitude to nature and landscape because when the object of interest is destroyed, the basis of this interest is also eliminated. Here, nature is defined neither as a thing nor as an assembly of things. It is not external or internal, it does not surround us, it is not available, it can neither be destroyed nor loved. Nature is a word without antonym. Nature is an encompassing objectless concept, a condition of movement. Environment that surrounds man, on the other hand, is a more exact expression than nature because nature is the concept that includes man. Man is an aspect, a part of nature. He can influence and destroy the environment but not the nature. Man may step out of his historical existence, out of the world's evolution, but nature remains the same. Nature is landscape here, perceived and imagined from the point of view of ideas, values or standards, with its origin in the development of the historical subject. What we do in and for landscape (our living space) is crucially dependent upon what we perceive of it.


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H. Prigann, “Terra Nova: An Integrated Landscape Art Program,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 17, no. 1-2, pp. 43–52, 1997, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: http://jfa.arch.metu.edu.tr/archive/0258-5316/1997/cilt17/sayi_1_2/43-52.pdf.