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Postmodern landscape architecture: theoretical, compositional characteristics and design elements with the analysis of 25 projects

Anna Eplényi
  • Department of Garden History and Landscape Techniques, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Corvinus University of Budapest
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Published Online: 2015-12-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ausae-2015-0006


This paper endeavours to highlight three aspects of postmodern landscape design: theoretical basis, composition and design elements. Postmodern theories, philosophy influenced the language of the postmodern landscape architecture and got materialized in the use of narratives, eclecticism, the Rhizome-principle. Postmodern landscape composition can be associated with anti-hierarchy, unusual structures, landforms, and playful moods. Postmodern design elements consist of the strong graphical use of colour and pavements, bizarre water features, unusual structures and buildings, postmodern sculptures and thematic garden details. 25 analysed projects try to capture the essence of postmodernism in landscape architecture as well as to reveal points of intersection within these projects.

Keywords: landscape history; landscape design; comparative analysis


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About the article

Received: 2015-04-25

Revised: 2015-05-29

Accepted: 2015-06-30

Published Online: 2015-12-22

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Agriculture and Environment, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 71–81, ISSN (Online) 2068-2964, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ausae-2015-0006.

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