Landscape Architecture Program


Evolving Conceptions of Space, Scale and Hierarchy in Aesthetic Assessment

Richard K. Sutton, UN-Lincoln

Document Type Article


This paper reviews the evolving conceptions of scale and hierarchy in aesthetic assessments. Three general research threads emerge from the literature: (1) variation in importance of scenes to viewers, (2) distance of view (DOV) (3) and boundary relationships. These threads suggest that an understanding of scale borrowed from landscape ecology might be used more rigorously to understand and investigate the structure of landscape scenes.