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Grounds for ReviewThe Garden Festival in Urban Planning and Design$
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Andrew Theokas

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235392

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314643

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Grounds for Review
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This chapter identifies common themes, universal concepts, and traditions as well as emergent trends in garden festivals. The focus is on the open space production of these events. A key question is how and to what extent planning correlates with the ultimate quality of the final site condition, given that garden festivals are essentially self-contained processes that do not always reflect, or follow, local planning policies. The chapter also attempts to cull from selected projects innovative or validating aesthetics of the spatial aspects of the urban experience. Given that there can be considerable debate over just what qualifies as ‘aesthetic’, here it is required that the urban landscape be understandable at a human scale and that it may be apprehended in terms of visual, as well as functional, patterns.

Keywords:   garden festivals, urban planning, local planning, land use, open space production, aesthetics, urban landscape

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