Cultural Landscape Design
We live in a world that has erased boundaries. A massified and globalized world where places increasingly resemble each other regardless their geographies to the point that anthropologists like the well known Marc Augé speaks of “non places”, places that did not exist in the past but that now come to exist as sites almost essential in modern life. They are anonymous enclaves for anonymous people regardless time, origin, history and identity. Augé remarks some of them: hotel chains, playgrounds, malls, shopping centers, and so on. Landscape design has also been moved by this reality. Different landscapes, flora, fauna and cultures have been vanished to make things homogenous and indistinct. But landscape design does not mean copying a model or elements of another culture. Instead, it is a process that seeks to reinterpret influences, invent something new and unique, even though it has reminiscence of known things. A garden can not be moved or carried away because it comes into the world in the land that receives it and nurtures it. In that place the garden has its real meaning and essence. When it comes to design a garden, the guide must respond to the necessities of the place where the garden belongs. The garden is a micro world in a big cosmos: the architecture, landscape and geography that surround it. The designer uses those elements to recreate and transform nature giving another meaning. When a garden is faithful to the surroundings, to its history and to the individual history of the family that lives in it, the garden touches the ones that sees it and comes to new life because it is not merely physical. The garden has achieved something special. It has a spirit, it has a heart.