Transactions with chance in the garden

Raxworthy, Julian R. (2004) Transactions with chance in the garden. In Edquist, H. & Frichot, H. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 1-7.

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This paper discusses change and chance in order to develop a language that can then be used to discuss change in the garden. In the process, it puts forward the idea that to garden is to meddle with the teleonomy of the plants, their “will” to grow as they should. Different design conceptions of change are discussed, particularly the relation of style to design, suggesting that there is the possibility for a material language that both the discourses of gardening and landscape architecture shares that could negotiate this breach. A model or “transactions” between gardener and garden is put forward to begin to get to grips with the particular methods of “working at a remove”, that is, curating conditions rather than designing objects. The paper finally proposes that landscape architecture has to move away from a paranoid engagement with specifiable objects, to one where the designer grooms conditions and sensibilities, and gets out of the office.

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ID Code: 28028
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: landscape architecture
ISBN: 0646440624
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2009 05:49
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:30

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