The sky from earth : landscape as awareness

Bertol, D. 2013, The sky from earth : landscape as awareness, in IFLA 2013 : Shared wisdom in an age of change : Proceedings for the International Federation of Landscape Architects 50th World Congress, [The Conference], [Auckland, New Zealand], pp. 146-156.

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Title The sky from earth : landscape as awareness
Author(s) Bertol, D.
Conference name International Federation of Landscape Architects. World Congress (50th : 2013 : Auckland, New Zealand)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 10-12 Apr. 2013
Title of proceedings IFLA 2013 : Shared wisdom in an age of change : Proceedings for the International Federation of Landscape Architects 50th World Congress
Editor(s) Davies, Renee
Menzies, Diane
Publication date 2013
Conference series International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress
Start page 146
End page 156
Total pages 11
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Auckland, New Zealand]
Summary For thousands of years mankind has looked at the sky above to engage with the surrounding environment. The observation of solar, lunar and other celestial events guided settlements as well as human movements and activities, just as the cycle of the seasons influenced agricultural crops or dwelling. Archaeoastronomy includes many examples of fabrications in the landscape, constructed solely to observe the sky. The awareness of the sky can be particularly important in the contemporary landscape where the design of a sustainable environment has taken on a sense of urgency. This paper features a survey of several international and Australian archaeoastronomical examples and presents a vocabulary of contemporary interventions in the landscape designed to bring awareness of the sky from observation of celestial events. Some of the contemporary interventions are realized while others are deign proposals, in all examples the viewer is engaged in time-based perceptions of different landscapes aided by minimal constructions, which facilitate the observation of the daily sun path, lunar phases and star trails. A symbiosis between the land, the sky and the observer is established, bringing awareness of how the sky above engages the life on earth. This paper offers a fresh insight, drawing upon Indigenous wisdom as well as contemporary debates and literature, to appreciate the social and cultural significance of these places. By reading and appreciating these examples, and the cultures they are party to, new insights and avenues can be offered as to better design and manage our human environments.
ISBN 9780473243609
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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