Sound in the landscape as a subject of research and means of expression in garden art and landscape architecture
The space in which we live is something we get to know simultaneously through several senses: sight, hearing, smell and touch. The involvement of various senses in the perception of places differs both when it comes to intensity and significance. Without questioning the thesis that the sight is the dominant sense in the perception of space, it must be said that omitting the other senses from the art of its organisation is not justified. The quality of the space in which we live, work, rest, and are in contact with nature and other people is a very important element of the quality of our lives. This quality must obviously be taken care of in a systematic manner. The tasks associated with this are divided among professionals from various disciplines. A lack of integration in their actions frequently decreases the quality of the space, not only through excess but also through a lack of cohesion of the effects addressed to the various senses. Sticking to a division between those who shape the image and those who create the sound hinders the use of the potential of the relation between the two spheres. Negative consequences of dissonance are clear especially in places when the intensity of both the image and the sound is especially high. The article is devoted to the components of the quality of the space that are perceived by hearing — to their nature, their investigation and use in order to create arrangements responding to people’s needs.