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The Landscaping of the Country House
On completion of this module, students will be able to understand the design and iconographic significance of the landscape garden. The importance of the working landscape and the principles behind its layout are also considered.
The landscaped gardens which are an essential part of the setting of a country house are the principal focus of this module. The design and iconographic significance of the landscape garden, the role of the patron, guidebooks and visitors to gardens and the relationship between architecture and landscape are considered. The larger questions of the intellectual ideas concerning landscape are explored as seen in the changing attitudes towards nature and the literary and aesthetic ideals influencing designers, theorists and visitors. The relationship of the house and the working land combined as an economic unit is examined in terms of the impact on landscape design and the prominence given to the land in visual images and descriptions of the house and estate.
Form of teaching
11 x 4 hour seminars; 2 x 5 hour visits.
Form of assessment
1 x 6,000 word essay. (Essays should be 6,000 words maximum, including all bibliographies, footnotes and appendices)
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