Kenneth R. Olwig is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden.
Landscape is an essential concept for our time, and Kenneth Olwig is a pioneer in the recovery of the word's meanings. His classic essays, brought together in Meanings of Landscape, are required reading for all those who care about landscape in its many dimensions. Anne Whiston Spirn, author of The Language of Landscape Wielding his philological scalpel, Olwig peels away landscape's modern surficial layers that fixed it as spatial scenery, to expose its earlier meanings as a polity and its places that ideally form the nexus of community. Kent Mathewson, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, USA The AAG Review of Books, Volume 7, 2019 This is a wonderful book that gives a clear sense of the amazing breadth of Kenneth R. Olwig's lifelong project on the history of landscape and of his unique capacity of moving in between languages and cultural contexts. Reading this book had almost a paralyzing effect on me: What else can be said on landscape? Where to take landscape research after The Meanings of Landscape? How to teach landscape and explain the genealogy of its diabolic duplicity? Claudio Minca, Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University, Australia The AAG Review of Books, Volume 7, 2019 Kenneth R. Olwig's The Meanings of Landscape is an outstanding piece of creative thinking delivered with an originality of style second to none. It weaves together a multifaceted storyline that stretches over decades of unique and consistent scholarship, time and again advancing from a place-oriented rage against space, and forever changing the way landscape used to be. The AAG Review of Books, Volume 7, 2019