Maria R. Jaakkola
Understanding Green Urban Landscapes
A Phenomenological Approach
Understanding green urban landscape connects the philosophical realm
of phenomenology with the field of landscape architecture, building
bridges between disciplines. Green urban landscape is explored with case
examples of well-known park
systems in Boston and Helsinki.
Different narratives illuminate the landscapes from different angles;
performance and movie-making inform the research, and a map-based public
survey provides the perspective of others. As a result, the visible and
invisible aspects of landscape emerge, including personal experiences
and the processes of becoming — how the landscapes have come into being.
approach is theory-based but practice-oriented, emphasizing the
multisensory experience and multidimensionality of green urban
landscape. Maria Jaakkola's research provides a tool for analyzing
landscapes — an aide to understand them more profoundly and in a more
empathetic way — towards both the landscapes themselves and the people
living and using them.