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Experiencing landscape while walking

on the interplay between garden design, sensory experience and medical spa philosophy at Ronneby Spa

Jakobsson, Anna (2009). Experiencing landscape while walking. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2009:67
ISBN 978-91-576-7414-2
[Doctoral thesis]

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The main objective of this thesis is to contribute to a widening of knowledge on spas, on garden design in the late 19th century and on the constituents of landscape heritage. A purpose is to broaden the discussion on landscape heritage, using Ron-neby Spa as an example. The main research questions are how the experience of Ronneby Spa can be studied and described and how the medical spa philosophy and ideas on garden design interplayed when it came to designing the landscape of Ronneby Spa. The discussion focuses on different factors affecting the spa visitor’s experience; sensory experience, garden design and medical spa philosophy. It also focuses on ac-tors affecting the design of the spa landscape; the doctor, the landscape architect and the gardener. The empirical material in this case study has been reflected upon through other researcher’s writings on for example garden design through history, walking, senses, heritage, and history of ideas. The multidisciplinary approach is used to construct an imaginary weave of experience, illustrated by an imaginary spa visitor walking around. The case study reveals interplay between garden design ideas, sensory experience and medical spa philosophy in the design and the experience of Ronneby Spa in the late 19th century. It also reveals interplay between actors; doctor, landscape ar-chitect and gardener. The doctors’ role and way of writing indicate that they had knowledge of landscape ideals. The doctors argued that the design of the landscape affected the health of the patients and that a ‘moderate mental agitation’, i. e. sensory aspects, and movement were crucial for the cure. Those arguments interplayed with garden design ideas at that time which endorsed sensory experience and walking as part of the design and argued the importance of a varied experience. The case study of Ronneby Spa broadens the discussion on landscape heritage by including the role of the senses and the walking, the health perspective, several dimensions of garden design through different actors and new dimensions of landscape experience through an imaginary weave. It contributes to the notion of landscape as being dependant on people’s experience and perception, an approach to landscape now being fostered by the European Landscape Convention.

Authors/Creators:Jakobsson, Anna
Title:Experiencing landscape while walking
Subtitle:on the interplay between garden design, sensory experience and medical spa philosophy at Ronneby Spa
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2009
Number of Pages:181
ALLI. Jakobsson, Anna (2003), ’Brunnsgästens resa i tid och rum – om hälsobrunnens parker och trädgårdar’, RIG 4/2003, pp. 193-205. II. Jakobsson, Anna (2005), ‘Med Lie & Lukjärn, Spade & Sopkvast, Penna & Pensel, Dynamit & Dahlior och Frustration & Fröpåsar’, in: Hogdal, Lis (Ed.), Ronneby Brunn under trehundra år, Stockholm: Byggförlaget, pp. 83-117, 220-228 and 231-233. III. Jakobsson, Anna (2004b), ‘Ruled by Routine and Ritual. The Spatial Organization of the Spa Environment at Ronneby, South-East Sweden’, Garden History 32:2 (Winter issue 2004), pp. 213-229. IV. Jakobsson, Anna (2009), ‘A Sensory Garden. On the Interplay between Medical Beliefs and Theories on Garden Design at Ronneby Spa, Sweden’, [manuscript], pp. X-Y.
Place of Publication:Alnarp
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7414-2
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:landscaping, public parks, psychological factors, physical activity, cultural values, design, history, sweden
Keywords:Garden history, Ronneby Spa, landscape experience, walking, senses, 19th century
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ID Code:2118
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Landscape Architecture (until 121231)
Deposited By: Anna Jakobsson
Deposited On:25 Sep 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:16

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