Landing & Grounding Study Model
I believe my ability to analyze and interpret the form and function of our study sight was not hindered by unfamiliarity with the space. I support the claim Jennifer Roberts made in her essay Patience in Observation: “just because you looked at something doesn’t mean that you have seen it” (Roberts 2013). Even if I were to have passed by the site on my own before being assigned to observe it, I would not have delved as deeply into the ‘grounding’ process described by Girot is his “Four Trace Concepts in Landscape Architecture”. Our capacities to truly see, read, and ultimately understand a landscape is directly related to the amount of time we spend observing and interacting with it. Roberts maintained this stance by stating, “it took me a long time to see some of the key details that eventually became central to my interpretation”. Some may argue that our senses are more keenly attuned and observant when exposed to an environment for the first time but as Roberts states, “there are details and orders and relationships that take time to perceive”. The processes of deceleration and immersive attention, regardless of prior exposure, are what bring about successful and productive observation rather than acquaintance and familiarity.