Jos de Mul, Next Nature and the City. Invited lecture at the conference.“Nature and the City”. Organized by the Laboratory for Research on the City, the Italian Society for Aesthetics, in conjunction with the University of Bologna. Bologna, June 28-30, 2012.
The city, too, is landscape. We can leave it by going into nature exchanging the urban for the rural, but we can also enter the city to live within the architecture and contemplate its forms. Every architectural structure is a landscape and promotes an educational or paedeumatic relationship between the spirit and the environment. Our gaze and our bodies activate a certain way of contemplating that promotes the interchange between the external perception of the physical world and an internal seeing, which is the psychic perception of the visual image. There is a close relationship between the aesthetic experience of the natural environment and that of the urban landscape. In the same way that humankind lives on the earth so, too, it lives in the city.
The theme could be approached from various perspectives such as 'nature/culture', 'city as human nature', 'ecology and the city', symbols and metaphors, domesticated nature, nature interiorized, parks and natural environments, and other related issues.
Conference proposed by Laboratory for Research on the City in collaboration with Sie - Società Italiana d'Estetica – and by IAA - International Association of Aesthetics.