Enise Burcu Derinbogaz completed her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in ITU and her master’s degree in Landscape Technology in ETH Zurich.She studied in Tokyo between 2002-2003 and in Vienna between 2006-2007. During her education, she worked as an editor in architectural magazines and during her master’s degree, she worked as an assistant in ETH Zurich. Since 2005, she took part in projects of different scales ranging from garden design to masterplan. In 2013, she was awarded the National Achievement Award by the TMMOB Chamber of Landscape Architects for her success in the competition. She has been working in different fields of landscape architecture and urban design in Praxis, which she founded since 2013.
Landscape is an interface that combines the physical spaces between people and the environment they live in. This interface can exist in different ways and may take different forms in the process. Praxis is a design office that explores and processes these different aspects of landscape, their relationship with architecture.
1-Would you consider landscape architecture as an ‘art form’?
I can not say from my own perspective that I have milled the landscape architecture as an art form today. But we know that in history, landscape architecture and the garden, which are the first examples of this practice, were the periods when they were seen as a part of art.
Even though we are looking at landscape architecture from the windows of architecture and engineering, I always think that thinking and practicing the landscape should have beyond meaning and concepts. In this sense, there may be points where it overlaps with art practices.
2- How would you interpret the landscape as interfaces that combine the physical spaces between the environment and the -human environment?
A representation of the environment we perceive and perceive in terms of landscape origin. The various relationships and ties that we see in our minds, so that we have established, are all components of this representation. Anyone who has asked the landscape will first say that this concept is very complex, broad, and difficult to define. Then he or she will put it into sentences in various ways, which are his/her own interpretation. Although the meaning it covers gradually changes, the subjectivity of the concept has not changed for 6 centuries. Moreover, as the society and the age change, the landscape itself and its practice continue to change as we develop new forms of looking at the planet we live in and gain the awareness of re-evaluating the areas we consume. It will also.
3- How does the phenomenon of ‘art object as a landscape element’ gain importance in open space today?
Landscape and art are areas where thinking and existence can complement each other. We know that there are many inspirational examples of this. There is a practice of building a space that the landscape has acquired over the centuries; it is an inclusive field that has developed itself in many areas such as processing the land, establishing a dialogue with architecture, managing the flow, making engineering a part. At the same time, I think that it is the workspace that can establish dialogue with art more easily, with its feature of being the space practice that is most prone to change, expression and subjectivity.
It makes me excited to think about the situations where art co-exists rather than an object placed at a certain point in the landscape.
Interview: Özlem Kan