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
Printing and Binding: Strauss GmbH, D-Mörlenbach
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
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 LuciusBurckhardt: Garden Design—New Trends (1981), in this book:
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
Wörzberger Ingenieure GmbH, Rösrath (D)
(S. 148) Bögen Horizontobservatorium Halde
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-
Burckhardt, Lucius: Warum ist Landschaft
schön? Die Spaziergangswissenschaft. Hrsg.
von Markus Ritter und Martin Schmitz. Berlin
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 LuciusBurckhardt 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.
Mountaineering on Sylt.
In Conversation with Nikolaus Wyss (1989)
Nikolaus Wyss: Which issues are of concern to a strollologist, a scientist
LuciusBurckhardt: The discipline strollology could just as well