Jesko Fezer · Martin Schmitz
The Work of LuciusBurckhardtLuciusBurckhardt was bold for he claimed that design is invisible.
He was exasperating for he asked why landscape is beautiful. He
was persistent for he doggedly asked who actually plans the plan-
ning. He was egalitarian for he addressed issues such as “livability”
and everyday life. He was provocative. He declared the night and
dirt to be a focus of his research. He was realistic insofar as he es-
tablished that to build or to design is a process. He was rebellious
for he made a science out of
Why Is Landscape Beautiful?
Why Is Landscape
The Science of Strollology
edited by Markus Ritter and Martin Schmitz
Translation from German into English: Jill Denton, D-Berlin
Copyediting: Andreas Müller, D-Berlin
Layout, cover design and typography: Ekke Wolf
Typesetting: Sven Schrape, D-Berlin
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Originally published in German as Warum ist Landschaft schön? Die
LuciusBurckhardt (* Davos, 1925) gained a PhD in Basel then became a research
assistant at the Social Research Center at Münster University in 1955. A guest lec-
tureship at Ulm University of Applied Arts in 1959 was followed from 1961 to 1973
by several teaching assignments, including a guest lectureship in sociology at the
Architecture Faculty of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).
He worked simultaneously as editor-in-chief of the journal Werk from 1962 to 1973,
was First President of the German Werkbund from 1976 to
Strollology. A minor subject (Strollology als Nebenfach = Spaziergangswissen-
schaften—ein Gespräch zwischen Hans Ulrich Obrist, Annemarie und LuciusBurckhardt), auf www.kunstaspekte.de/diskurs). Strollology—a conversation during
a taxi-ride in Bordeaux between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Annemarie and LuciusBurckhardt, on the occasion of the exhibition “Mutations.” – In: Inhabituel, exhib.
cat., Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris 2005, p. 34–37 (Eng.), 164–165
(Ital.), 178–180 (Ger.). In: Mira Cómo se Mueven, See how They Move, exhib
Strollology. A Minor Subject.
In Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
During a taxi ride through Bordeaux in the year 2000, on the oc-
casion of the exhibition “Mutations,” Hans Ulrich Obrist talked
with Annemarie and LuciusBurckhardt about an emergent new
science, the questions it poses, its methodology, and its cultural and
Hans Ulrich Obrist: Can you tell me how the science of walking began?
Annemarie Burckhardt: It began very gradually …
LuciusBurckhardt: We held a seminar on the subject of how lan-
guage conveys the look of
for lawyers or the
test tube is for chemists, the spherical box bush is a sym
bol. the world in our minds consists more than ever of
images. so what do we see in our mind’s eye for the glob
al terms “sustainability” or “sustainable development”?
Design is invisible – that much we know since LuciusBurckhardt’s seminal essay of the same name. not be
cause we can’t see the designed object in question but
rather because it is part of a larger, invisible system that
is in turn the subject of design. For example, a tram as a
designed object is just a small part