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Places, Spaces, Meaning - Experienced by Three Australian Walks


Hopsch, L and Fleming, SP, Places, Spaces, Meaning - Experienced by Three Australian Walks, Analecta Husserliana - The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research Volume CXIV, Springer, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (ed), Dordrecht, pp. 193-202. ISBN 978-94-007-4795-1 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-94-007-4795-1_13


In an often cited passage, the philosopher M. Merleau-Ponty expresses how, when gazing at the lawn outside a window, one can experience that exterior view as part of the experience of being surrounded by an architectural space. Phenomenology explains how separate spaces might appear one.

In this message a series of sites will be explored, from the Australian desert, to the coastline of New South Wales, experienced during a journey through Australia, not only a country, but a whole continent. ....By analysing the monumental volume experienced at Uluru, the desert Cathedral, the encompassing void of Kings Canyon and the flat openness of the coastline it is possible to analyse how humankind depends upon landscapes, inhabiting sites of specific environmental conditions.

We often talk of how we are situated in a landscape. But what if we are immersed in a landscape? That is, landscape come before language and culture. Our claim here is that what we can call our home is where we can survive by staying in contact with the landscape and the living conditions it offers to us. What we are looking for is a correspondence between man and his environment, to be a peach presupposes belonging and 'Dwelling' me and belonging to a concrete place. 1 by The way the landscape itself provides the very ground for the development of (architectural) language and culture.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:phenomonology, architecture, Australia
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural design
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction design
Objective Field:Residential construction design
UTAS Author:Fleming, SP (Dr Steven Fleming)
ID Code:85003
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2013-06-11
Last Modified:2015-02-18

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