The Potential of the Window in ‘Framing’ Landscape Meaning


  • Jill Franz Queensland University of Technology



Framing, Interior design, Landscape


frame. 1. v.t. & i. Shape, direct, dispose, adapt, fit, devise, express, articulate, conceive, plot. In this paper a preliminary report on the study of landscape meaning and how it is shaped, expressed and so on by windows is described. Landscape is conveyed as being understood in at least four different ways: perceptually, politically, experientially and existentially. The framing quality of windows is shown to be complicit in these understandings. Using a contextual and inter-textual approach, a case for the consideration of the philosophical possibility of framing is presented. Through the model of linguistics used in a hermeneutic way, it is shown in this study that ‘aesthetic experience is not a solitary monologue... but an integral part of a shared discourse concerning the realisation of meaning’ (Heywood & Sandywell, 1999, p. 10).


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Franz, Jill. 2005. “The Potential of the Window in ‘Framing’ Landscape Meaning”. Idea Journal 6 (1):85-95.



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