The Impact of Chinese Culture on European Landscape Design

Szilágyi, Kinga (2012) The Impact of Chinese Culture on European Landscape Design. In: China - EU Cooperation for a Sustainable Economy. Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, pp. 153-163. . ISBN 978-963-503-497-0

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The English garden design style and the landscape garden movement became the most emblematic cultural achievement of England in the 18th-19th century. The natural garden style proved to be the symbol of the liberal philosophy and the enlightened way of thinking. But the English landscape garden, which can be seen as an idealized view of nature, is inspired by the classical landscape paintings and is also influenced by the classic Chinese gardens, which had recently been described by European travellers. The interest for Chinese culture, architecture and garden design spread around the British island and inspired the talented garden designers. The gardens of Chambers created a new section in the picturesque landscape gardens, the so called anglo-chinoiseric gardens where eastern, mainly Chinese architectural motives and garden elements have been used in most cases without integrating the Chinese nature philosophy. This first, more or less formal effects of Chinese garden design on European landscape architecture were overwritten by garden designers and horticulturalist during the gardenesque period of the early 19th century when great variety in plant design was taken into the focus of landscape architecture.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:English landscape garden, Chinese garden design, Freedom of Nature
Divisions:Faculty of Landscape Architecture > Department of Garden and Open Space Design
Subjects:Landscape planning, landscape protection, landscape design
ID Code:1542
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:07 May 2014 08:05
Last Modified:07 May 2014 08:05

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