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Proceedings (editor)2007

Ideal landscapes of memory and meaning in the urban environment

Wingren, Carola
Wingren, Carola (ed.)


The traces of modernistic planning, with its peak in the 1960s, has left a landscape where people’s lives are separated in spaces for work, living, travelling, or dying. This separation in different public spaces tends to give a sentiment of loss of place and a need for private expressions. In this loss the quest for ideal landscapes, asked for by individuals as well as by society, is dealt with by planners and architects. But the command is vague. Is it a quest for beauty, spirituality or something else? Through a cumulative method in collaborative planning and design with architects, politicians and artists during twenty years in the field of road planning, a base of key words and images has crystallized as important, often dealing with memory, meaning, and nature. These concepts will be tested and completed in a project called “Designing Places for Memory and Meaning in Contemporary Urban Landscapes”, in an interdisciplinary approach with theologians, ethnologists, designers, architects, and users of memorial sites, through different dialogue techniques, sketching procedures and visualisation. An expected outcome is to find out more about tools, artefacts, materials, and methods to use in the production of physical space able to materialise individual or public needs of an ideal landscape. This paper will be a discussion about the road planning results and how they will be put into a new context, the memory places of tomorrow

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