Lost in Place – On Place Theory and Landscape Architecture
Master’s Thesis in Landscape Architecture
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
My master’s thesis engages with the concept of place. While notions of place and placemaking are increasingly emphasized in regards to public space and urban development, place as a concept is rarely defined in a landscape architecture context. What is a place, really? On the one hand place is a commonsense everyday word with diversely connotative meanings, and on the other it is a contested concept with different interpretations across a broad range of academic disciplines and discourses. Landscape architecture theory does not have an established understanding of place, and in my thesis project I research different theories of place within related disciplines and analyze their implications for the theory and design practice of landscape architecture.
The project combines a scholarly and educational ambition. It aims to contribute to the formation of place theory within the discipline of landscape architecture, as well as to increase the understanding of place as a concept and as a phenomenon amongst academics and practitioners of the field. It draws on both academic research and personal experiences to illustrate how different theoretical understandings of place can frame and impact on the design process and its outcome in multiple ways, and even condition the professional identity of landscape architects.
You can find the project in its entirety here.