LED Seminar 2016 - Landscape Symbols Reflection Group A

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Landscape Symbol 1- Ås Church and Allee, Pirjetta Fagerli

Representations and analytical drawings

in addition to your initial visual please add two further analytical drawings of your symbol

Reflections

Placed on top of a high point in the landscape lies the church. A row of trees on both sides of the road makes it hard to miss. Allé brings rhythm to the landscape and leads the passersby towards the church. It can be seen as a symbol in the landscape, promising that something of great worth can be found at the end. As an arrangement, it is quite rigid and formal.

The church has great views due to the high location and looks mighty. Church as a symbol is at the same time static, meaning that it represents christianity and humans connection to God, but it has also changed throughout time and history. The church itself is still used in similar ways as before but maybe not as frequently. It is a historical symbol but also much more. It serves as a social meeting place and allows people to connect with their past while they are connecting with eachother. It can be seen as a center of the community and carries great identity on many levels of the society. It is also a sacred symbol and touches the lives of many throughout the celebrations of human life. It is still a strong christian symbol and might seem excluding to some groups, provoking to others.

Landscape Symbol 2- Bologna's Symbols, Benedetta Allegrini

Representations and analytical drawings

in addition to your initial visual please add two further analytical drawings of your symbol

Reflections

Please write a 250 words text reflecting on the following questions, you can also take ideas from your group members into account

  • How and why did the symbols you identify appear in your landscape?
  • Did their meaning change along with socio-political, economic, environmental or cultural changes in your region, or country?
  • What do these symbols mean to you today? Are they meaningful to more than just one cultural group? Are they shared across cultures?

The city's gates have an historical importance and they are what survives from the medieval old Bologna. This radial structure of the town and his extension lasted until the '60s when the city has begun to grow. During last century gates lost the utility because now they don't define the border between the city and the country and they can't monitor who enter in the city and who go out. They now only are monuments. Every gate now is the link between the center of the city, so the old part, and the new part in all the directions. What remains is the general function: it is a place of passage that create a path and that directs people in the heart of the town. They remind the arcades that traditionally spread in all the center. One symbol of Bologna in fact is the arcade and his main use is in the gate. Moving in the center is very simple in fact the walls of the city are like a circle and it is easy to find direction referring to the city gates. Today the gates of the city are of course shared across cultures because we can find them in all the old cities in all countries and because they came from many traditions far from a specific religion or a specific kind of power. For everybody they are a landmarks that identify the district where they rise.

Landscape Symbol 3-Bench of Jan Karski, Agnieszka Kudelka

Representations and analytical drawings

in addition to your initial visual please add two further analytical drawings of your symbol

Reflections

The monument is not very good visible in the landscape, but it's interesting and many people sit next to Karski to take a photo, and then get to know his history thanks to the text on the right site of the monument. I've got to know it by the visit in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is next to the monument and I watch it always when I go there.

Its meaning didn't change along with socio-political, economic, environmental or cultural changes in my region and country because the socio-political, economic, environmental or cultural changes are not visible yet

This symbol is important for me because it's one of some "democratic monuments" in the city. It's a nice "human" monument. It's meaningful to more than just one cultural group: Poles, Jews, Germans and Americans, so it is shared across cultures.

Landscape Symbol 5- Schematic Symbol, Memorial actions for Self-sacrificeds in war, Iran, Hani Gholami

Representations and analytical drawings

in addition to your initial visual please add two further analytical drawings of your symbol

Reflections

Decades ago, so many people sacrified themselve in war to save their country, Iran. This people are heroes and to show the admiration of what they did, lots of memorials and artworks have been made and exist in the whole country. Nowadays, this memorial actions appear in different forms and influence the city landscapes. On one hand the story behind is about the people and on another hand, landscape that this actions are taking place in is for people. And the perception of this symbols of honour and values are quite mutual through wide variety of cultures in Iran. It still has the same meaning as before but it is losing its value through people by time. The reason might be the quality of actions and the lack of people's participation in decision making in this cases.

Landscape Symbol 4- Araguaia Palace Palmas Brazil, Haroldo Pereira

Representations and analytical drawings

Reflections

The city of Palmas is the last planned capital in the XX century and was designed to be the capital of Tocantins, the newest state of Brazil. Palmas was designed between two landmarks, one natural (Carmo's Sierra) and the other artificial (Lajeado's Lake). The city has lots of other landmarks, such as the Girassol's Square (2nd biggest square in the world) and the Aragauia Palace. The square is located in the meeting point of the two main axial avenues of Palmas. Havan is a brazilian department store and has over 90 stores in Brazil, including one in Palmas. The store has the replica of the Statue of Liberty as the symbol, and usually has a huge replica of it in front of the store. The biggest statue has 57 meters high, and it's the biggest statue in Brazil. In Palmas, the statue inserts itself in a strategic point turning itself in a landmark that has a huge impact in the landscape of the city and has no concern with the context and has no reason to be in such a strategic point. In some cities, the store was not allowed to put the statue. The facade is also a problem . One of the facades has a "poor greek classical"intention on it, and the other three are just blank walls. For some, the statue reinforces the lack of concern with the landscape of the city and the area in which the statue is inserted, and how a brand has the power to consolidate itself changing a whole skyline by just creating a visual focal point. But for others, the statue is a good thing, as it turned into a new " tourist attraction".

Group reflection

The group A reflected on the symbols proposed by participants. For what is about architecture we want to stress the difference between the buildings considered. The church in the nature is a little place closely linked to religion where few people go. In fact, the users of this place go there with a precise intent and they are only a part of the citizens. The statue is a controvertial symbol in the city, as it became an important landmark that has no concern with the landscape of the city and the area where the statue is located. It respresents the power of a brand to consolidate itself by changing a whole skyline with the creation of a visual focal point. The gate of the city instead is a place of transition where people go through, it is an open link from the center and the new part of the city. Behind its design there is not a need to satisfay. A symbol can also be a monument that everybody can look. A monument can be more or less politically involved. The Bench of Jan Karski refers to a single person but it has also a general aim of express the extermination of Jewish minority by Germans and Polish help to them in a person of Karski, but also the American (dis)engagement with rescuing Jews. The Memorial Symbols are spread and they are referred to who lost life in the recent war, so they are holy, they have particular meaning link with a specific moment.

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