Interpreting landscapes/ places/ architecture : the place for hermeneutics in design theory and practice

Armstrong, Helen B. (2003) Interpreting landscapes/ places/ architecture : the place for hermeneutics in design theory and practice. Architectural Theory Review, 8(1), pp. 63-79.

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Recently much has been written about hermeneutics, the theory of interpretation, and its application in design theory and practice. Traditionally hermeneutics developed as a means of practical translation of difficult religious texts and later of complex ethical and legal issues. In architectural, landscape and urban design worlds, the rise of postmodern thought and its links with post-structuralist linguistic theory has enabled hermeneutics to become the focus of endeavours to read and interpret the meanings embedded in contemporary places, given particular impetus because of the perceived alienation of many late 20th century cities. In contemporary art practice, hermeneutics has also become a method for critical reflection about creative works. This discussion looks at the debates about the use of hermeneutics in the fields of architecture and landscape design.

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ID Code: 19379
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Architecture -- Australia., Architecture -- Philosophy.
DOI: 10.1080/13264820309478474
ISSN: 1326-4826
Divisions: Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Routledge
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2009 22:11
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2016 16:55

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