Grillner, Ramble Linger and Gaze
Ramble, Linger, and Gaze explores a method of architectural research based on narrative dialogue and examines the garden theories and literary garden representations of Thomas Whately (Observations on Modern gardening 1770) and Joseph Heely (Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil, and the Leasowes 1777). The thesis has the form of a narrated dialogue between these two writers and the narrator, and it is situated at Hagley Park, Worchestershire, England. The work does not have a strictly art-historical aim, but wishes to provide new insights in the field of architectural research on both a methodological and an historical level. While the dialogical mode of writing is explored as an hermeneutical research method for the field of architectural history and theory, the text in itself discloses a world of reflections and ideas that surrounded the English landscape garden in the 1770’s, and engages, from our present-day position, in a dialogue with that world.The beginnings of diverse and opposing phenomena of our time can be traced to the culture of the 18th century. As constructions of the 18th century, Hagley Park, as well as Whately and Heely’s texts, lead us closer to the horizons of the individuals and the society that produced it. But the landscape garden and the texts, as they stand today, are also sites for alternative epistemological models. Through its fictional character, the landscape garden provides a possibility to move within interpretative layers and spiraling horizons. It celebrates a point of view on the move, both literally (physically) and imaginatively. The dissertation demonstrates the possibilities of articulating this spatio-temporal phenomenon within the field of architectural research.