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Why Is Landscape Beautiful? Birkhäuser Basel Lucius Burckhardt Why Is Landscape Beautiful? The Science of Strollology edited by Markus Ritter and Martin Schmitz Editors Markus Ritter CH-Basel Martin Schmitz D-Berlin martin-schmitz.de lucius-burckhardt.org 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 Printing and Binding: Strauss GmbH, D-Mörlenbach Originally published in German as Warum ist Landschaft schön? Die

The Science of Strollology

314 Biography Lucius Burckhardt (* 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

309 Bibliography Strollology. A minor subject (Strollology als Nebenfach = Spaziergangswissen- schaften—ein Gespräch zwischen Hans Ulrich Obrist, Annemarie und Lucius Burckhardt), auf www.kunstaspekte.de/diskurs). Strollology—a conversation during a taxi-ride in Bordeaux between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Annemarie and Lucius Burckhardt, 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

7 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 Lucius Burckhardt about an emergent new science, the questions it poses, its methodology, and its cultural and historical background. Hans Ulrich Obrist: Can you tell me how the science of walking began? Annemarie Burckhardt: It began very gradually … Lucius Burckhardt: We held a seminar on the subject of how lan- guage conveys the look of

a fright. “Oh no,” they say, “this is not at all what we had imagined — the site cannot possibly be left in such a state.” Huge weeds are thriving in the still over-fertilized 4 Lucius Burckhardt: Garden Design—New Trends (1981), in this book: p. 177–185 139 hotbeds, some panes of glass in the hotbeds are shattered, rust is corroding the reinforced concrete frames, and thistles are sprouting from the cracks in the asphalt-covered turning bay … The older vis- itors cannot see the garden the young people claim to have created here. They are completely blind

Landschaftspark Mechtenberg. Wörzberger Ingenieure GmbH, Rösrath (D) (S. 148) Bögen Horizontobservatorium Halde Hoheward, Herten/Recklinghausen. Benedict, Andreas: 80 Jahre im Dienst des Ruhrgebiets. Siedlungsverband Ruhrkohlenbe- zirk (SVR) und Kommunalverband Ruhrgebiet (KVR) im historischen Überblick 1920-2000. Hrsg. vom Kommunalverband Ruhrgebiet. Es- sen 2000. Burckhardt, Lucius: Warum ist Landschaft schön? Die Spaziergangswissenschaft. Hrsg. von Markus Ritter und Martin Schmitz. Berlin 2008. Dettmar, Jörg; Ganser, Karl: IndustrieNatur – Ökologie und Gartenkunst im Emscher

will discover new landscapes in new constel- lations of natural remains and economic interventions. In 1982, Paul Armand Gette planted small signs alongside various plants in the Botanical Gardens in Kassel in order to indicate their Latin names. This action “Kassel — A Bo- tanical Garden” was part of a broader initiative launched throughout the city by Lucius Burckhardt in the framework of the “documenta urbana — making things visible” exhi- bition. Poa annua is the Latin name for annual meadow grass. Exoticism can be seen thus to be inherent to everyday things

and wait for the right type of flora to establish itself. Rather, they must ensure that the traditional types of disruption continue to occur: that peat is cut from time to time, and stone quarried, and gravel extracted; and that a tank thunders occasionally through the Dönche. Otherwise, all of a sudden, there will be no landscape at all. 271 Mountaineering on Sylt. In Conversation with Nikolaus Wyss (1989) Nikolaus Wyss: Which issues are of concern to a strollologist, a scientist of walking? Lucius Burckhardt: The discipline strollology could just as well