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Andersson, Karin (2008) Att beskriva upplevelsen av stadens rum. Other thesis, SLU.

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The city is complex, multi-faceted and fascinating. The same can be said about the rooms of the city. The experience of the rooms of the city can be described in as many ways as there are individuals. The question concerned in this essay is How can you describe the rooms of the city as a phenomenon and how can you describe the experience of these rooms in general? The concepts city and room are widely understood and neither of them has a description that can be used in all situations. Different time periods in history have had different defi nitions and different thinkers and philosophers have theirs. A changing context have given these words different meaning. The same can be said about the experience of the rooms of the city and the description of this experience. In different situations, different descriptions, explanations and analyses must be used. This essay will not present a way to describe a specifi c city room, but will examine the rooms of the city in general and the city as a phenomenon. The architect Inger Bergström believes that you can look at experiences on three levels. The top-level looks at how the species experience and focuses on our mutual experiences through our genes. Next level is the group level where you can compare experiences in a group of people. The lowest level focuses on the individual experience. These experiences are based on a persons previous experiences. Bergström means that it is what we experience on the level of the species, and to a certain extent on group level, that is interesting in the profession of a landscape architect. Further, she believes, like the phenomenological architect Christian Norberg-Schulz, that it is possible to describe the common experience in general terms. It is the highest, common level of experiences that is the base of Kevin Lynch´s description of the city from a point of legibility and orientation. Along with a description of Lynch´s way to describe the rooms of the city, other ways to describe the city rooms and the experience of them will be presented, both general experiences and individual ones. Fiction in literature offers a language with metaphors and atmospheres that leads to an understanding of experiences on an emotional level. In art we fi nd a way of exploring and investigating places and the rooms of the city that intrigue refl ections concerning descriptions. Every description has its medium and when they come together they are close to offering a comprehensive picture of a complex city.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: stad, rum, stadsrum, upplevelse, varseblivning, fenomenologi
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. Landscape Architecture
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
Depositing User: Karin Andersson
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:08
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/2830

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