Master´s project: The Body as a Tool

Last changed: 10 October 2022
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The Body as a Tool – a Study of Human Perception of Landscapes - Maria Radeborg (2022)

The project discusses embodied knowledge and its articulation. Site meditation - practicing being present on site, experiencing the site with all the senses - is used as means to gain understanding of the landscape. The design component comes in the form of drawing and sketching. The knowledge gained (site specific knowledge, tacit knowledge, lived experience, insight) is connected to making and developing skill. It is also transformative, as the encounters between self and landscape have agency, are affective, and deeply engaging. It becomes clear that site impressions hold capacity to expand empathy, contribute to critical reflection on ethical questions, and orient practice, urging the designer to act with care. Embodied knowledge about the landscape, contributes to more careful, participatory, cautious approaches – valuable for creating sustainable urban landscapes.

The Body as a Tool – a Study of Human Perception of Landscapes (Epsilon)


Victoria Sjöstedt, Lecturer at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

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