Sound and Scent in the Garden

May 9–10, 2014 | Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Symposiarch

Organized by Dumbarton Oaks senior fellow and professor of landscape architecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, D. Fairchild Ruggles.

The 2014 Dumbarton Oaks symposium in Garden and Landscape Studies (May 9-10, 2014) was on the theme of sensory perception. While we often approach gardens as things to be seen—thus engaging the rational, intellectual part of the human brain—Sound and Scent in the Garden explored the more elusive experiences of sound and smell. Important dimensions of garden design and performance, and often having a powerful effect on the human body, these senses are ephemeral and can be difficult to study. The papers in the symposium explored the ways that the historical experience of sound and scent can be recuperated, and explain the meaning of those senses for landscape design, past and present.

This event was approved for 12 LA CES (ASLA) credits for landscape architects. Read the review in the American Society of Landscape Architect's blog The Dirt  on 05.14.14 and 05.15.14.

Bruegal Allegory of the sense of smell, circa 1618, Brueghel I and Rubens, Museo del Prado

Elizabeth Fowler, University of Virginia

Mohammad Gharipour, Morgan State University

Deborah Green, University of Oregon

John Dixon Hunt, University of Pennsylvania

Ali Akbar Husain, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan

Elizabeth Hyde, Kean University, NJ

Rachel Koroloff, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign/ Dumbarton Oaks

Mark Laird, Harvard University

Barbara Burlison Mooney, University of Iowa

Priyaleen Singh, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

Manu P. Sobti, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Anatole Tchikine, Dumbarton Oaks

Alain Touwaide, Smithsonian Institution

Yu Zhang, Southwest Jiaotong University, China




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