Layers of Land – The Palimpsest Concept in Relation to Landscape Architecture
Bachelor’s Thesis in Landscape Architecture
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 2011
My bachelor’s thesis researches how the palimpsest concept is used in relation to landscape, and how it can guide design thinking and practice within the field of landscape architecture. Palimpsest originally refers to old parchment handwritings, where new text has been applied on top of effaced, but still discernible, earlier writing. Superimposition of information is the core of the palimpsest concept, and it is used within a range of scientific as well as cultural fields. The thesis aims to find how a landscape palimpsest can be distinguished among the many different layers of landscape – such as historical or cultural – and to examine the potential use of the concept in theory and practice of the landscape architecture field.
The thesis was awarded first prize in the bachelor’s category of the IV International Design Competition organized by the Faculty of Landscape Architecture at the Saint-Petersburg State Forest Technical Academy, in association with an international conference in the memory of Tatyana Dubyago in 2011.
You can find the project in its entirety here.