Art and ethics in landscape architecture

Gustavsson, E., 2000, Art and ethics in landscape architecture, in: ECLAS (Aničić, B.), ‘Landscape of the future: the future of landscape architecture education’, Department of Landscape Architecture, Zagreb

  • Author : Gustavsson, E.
  • Year : 2000
  • Published in Book : Landscape of the future: the future of landscape architecture education
  • Pages : 187-192
  • Abstract in English : One of the most characteristic features that determine our attitude towards landscape architecture has its origin in the 18th century. Owing to the influence from the Enlightenment and the initial stages of the natural sciences the concept of art no longer is applied to an admirable or excellent action. Art was then mentally reduced to the very result of this action. Regarded as an object art became synonymous with such substantial pieces of art as painting, poems and gardens that could be ascribed special merits. Produced for mainly aesthetic purposes, works of art thus came to be distinguished from other kinds of objects primarily because of the quality of beauty associated with them. In due time this sharp distinction led to a widening gap between fine arts and useful arts, with practical purposes regarded as the main concern of the area of useful art, craft and design. With special reference to the prospect of producing good landscape architecture that is appealing to people, this paper intend to scrutinise the some of the consequences that this view has brought about.