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Cool landscape

Lodewijk Baljon


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Lodewijk Baljon

The theme chosen for the 2017 edition is COOL Landscape.

The ambiguity of the term COOL is in itself an attractive and interesting element, which will stimulate different reactions. Those relating to temperature, for example, the possibility of using plants and water to inhibit the effects of stress resulting from the heat in our cities. 

And even COOL in the sense of atmosphere has a lot to do with the relaxation that you can experience in a garden.


But the COOL theme has its roots in the Renaissance, when the concept of Sprezzatura as aesthetic notion was invented in Italy. It refers to the aspect of things, to the behavior of man and to the detached and casual style that does not show the difficulty of realized art. The COOLNESS, or Sprezzatura to put it with Baldassarre Castiglione, is something positive and desirable. The changing connotations of the term COOL make it interesting for a debate on the future of landscape and garden design. It refers to a way of being, a charm/aesthetic taste, a fashion. Above all it will lead us to know amazing landscapes.


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