What is Landscape?

What is Landscape Landscape John Stilgoe tells us is a noun From the old Frisian language once spoken in coastal parts of the Netherlands and Germany it meant shoveled land landschop Sixteenth century Englishmen mi

  • Title: What is Landscape?
  • Author: John R. Stilgoe
  • ISBN: 9780262029896
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Landscape, John Stilgoe tells us, is a noun From the old Frisian language once spoken in coastal parts of the Netherlands and Germany , it meant shoveled land landschop Sixteenth century Englishmen misheard or mispronounced this as landskep, which became landskip, then landscape, designating the surface of the earth shaped for human habitation In What Is LanLandscape, John Stilgoe tells us, is a noun From the old Frisian language once spoken in coastal parts of the Netherlands and Germany , it meant shoveled land landschop Sixteenth century Englishmen misheard or mispronounced this as landskep, which became landskip, then landscape, designating the surface of the earth shaped for human habitation In What Is Landscape Stilgoe maps the discovery of landscape by putting words to things, zeroing in on landscape s essence but also leading sideways expeditions through such sources as children s picture books, folklore, deeds, antique terminology, out of print dictionaries, and conversations with locals What is that Well, it s not really a slough, not really, it s a bayou He offers a highly original, cogent, compact, gracefully written narrative lexicon of landscape as word, concept, and path to discoveries What Is Landscape is an invitation to walk, to notice, to ask to see a sandcastle with a pinwheel at the beach and think of Dutch windmills icons of triumph, markers of territory won from the sea to walk in the woods and be amused by the Elizabethans misuse of the Latin silvaticus people of the woods to coin the word savages to see in a suburban front lawn a representation of the meadow of a medieval freehold.Discovering landscape is good exercise for body and for mind This book is an essential guide and companion to that exercise to understanding, literally and figuratively, what landscape is.

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    1. Stilgoe is a bit repetitive, a bit arch, always wandering and distant, it feels. Still, there's much here that valuable and interesting. Organizationally, I feel like reputation has trumped clarity. But intelligence permeates each chapter with a soft haze of welcome. You feel like you're chasing Stilgoe down paths that he's already walked and forgotten. Terms are bolded to be defined but seem sometimes disorganized, the way a pebble on a beach will wash up fresh and bright in the sun and then, a [...]

    2. We live in northern New England on eight acres. Some of that land is woods – or call it forest – along a brook (and call that a stream or a creek in different parts of the country). A few acres are “open” fields – or pasture or meadow. We tend to call it a field or a pasture – sheep do graze there every year. But what are the correct terms for the different parts of these few acres? And what did the old Yankees years ago used to call the woods and fields? I’m sure they had many dis [...]

    3. Stilgoe is clearly a very intelligent person. The vast etymological research alone is noble, yet overwhelming. Given the title, I thought this would be much more accessible. I am an architect yearning to learn more about landscape theory and design thinking. However, this book is more driven toward connecting a multi-cultural landscape lexicon. Which is admirable, but certainly not what I hoped the book would be. There is an excellent quote about "Journalizing" and made mention of "Trails throug [...]

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