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Landscape in Architecture. A place between culture and civilization [ITU J Faculty Arch]
ITU J Faculty Arch. 2017; 14(3): 165-174 | DOI: 10.5505/itujfa.2017.77698  

Landscape in Architecture. A place between culture and civilization

Rafael Francesconi Latorre, William Blain López
Facultad de Arquitectura y Artes, Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

This paper evaluated two alternatives to rightfully conceive the relation between landscape and architecture: a historical reconstruction and some interpretations of philosophical sources, as. This evaluation was achieved by an identification of precedents in order to characterize the context of the problem; by a selection of representative examples for illustrating the type of difficulties that arise from historical reconstructions or from interpretations of philosophical sources; and by a proposal of some criteria to articulate both historical and theoretical sources, based in the analysis of the selected examples. As a conclusion of such evaluation, it was stated that by keeping in mind the distance between the philosophical sources and its interpretation, and by appreciating an architectural theory by its performance, rather than by its production of truths, it is possible, at least partially, to overcome the found difficulties. This conclusion invites to understand civilization as a project to contribute to a common heritage. In its turn, such understanding would help to reach a balance with interests tied to local cultures.

Keywords: Architectural theory, place-based thinking, landscape theory.


Rafael Francesconi Latorre, William Blain López. Landscape in Architecture. A place between culture and civilization. ITU J Faculty Arch. 2017; 14(3): 165-174

Corresponding Author: Rafael Francesconi Latorre, Colombia


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