Historical landscape languages : creating symbolic space over generations

Jones, David 2008, Historical landscape languages : creating symbolic space over generations, in History in practice : proceedings of the 25th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Geelong, Australia,3- 6 July 2008, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, [Geelong, Vic.], pp. 1-15.

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Title Historical landscape languages : creating symbolic space over generations
Author(s) Jones, David
Conference name Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Conference (25th : 2008 : Geelong, Victoria)
Conference location Geelong, Victoria
Conference dates 3-6 Jul. 2008
Title of proceedings History in practice : proceedings of the 25th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Geelong, Australia,3- 6 July 2008
Editor(s) Beynon, David
de Jong, Ursula
Publication date 2008
Conference series Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Conference
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Place of publication [Geelong, Vic.]
Summary Landscape creation takes time, patience, water, and languages of visions. Landscape ‘history’ is not short in time but progressive, evolutionary and slow. In the case of the Adelaide Park Lands, the spectre of the myth of the Park Lands as a historical statement is very evident in planning and design discourses in South Australia. It is a mental creation of a number of actors who sought initially to remove all vegetation and evidence of human sedentary occupation. These actors applied languages to argue for a certain type of landscape as well as for the human, water, plant and financial resources to construct this picture. Some were simple letters to editors, some were political statements and pronouncements, some were the actual endeavours and expressions of municipal officials and city gardeners who sought to plant and craft representations of what they thought were ideal visions, and some were consultants who equally sought to apply their ideals.

This paper considers the historiography of the Adelaide Park Lands through the languages of those who argued for and enabled its planting using their words, languages and action examples.
ISBN 9780958192545
Language eng
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 870299 Construction Design not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, SAHANZ
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031788

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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