Themes in landscape assessment theory

Zube, E.H., 1984, Themes in landscape assessment theory, in: Landscape Journal, 3, 2

  • Author : Zube, E.H.
  • Year : 1984
  • Title English : Themes in landscape assessment theory
  • Journal/Series : Landscape Journal
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 2
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 3
  • Pages : 104-110
  • Abstract in English : This paper is a response to several recent critical reviews and to the perceived need for a unifying theory of the field of landscape assessment. Three approaches or paradigms are identified in terms of their theoretical or conceptual orientations and their potential contributions to the fields: professional, behavioural, and humanistic. Different levels of theory and the major theoretical and conceptual themes that run through the paradigms – normative aesthetic values, biological heritage, and cultural influence – are illustrated with selected examples from the scientific and professional literature. A transactional theoretical orientation is suggested as a basis for studying relationships within and among paradigms and themes and for contributing incrementally to knowledge and applications in the field.