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Although I am citing specific examples, the
loss of the spiritual or mythical can be felt
everywhere. For example, let's suppose we
find ourselves, by chance, facing a majestic
waterfall during a nature hike. First, before
we can even see the waterfall, we hear it.
Driven by curiosity, we approach it slowly,
looking for a safe viewing position. Each of
our senses is awakened, we are alert to our
surroundings and humbled by the power
of nature. And yet, if it were a managed
site, we would surely follow a marked trail
leading to a lookout or railing keeping us
safe. Like a caged gorilla, the waterfall is
still impressive, but it is no longer seen
through the prism of its power and, more
specifically, the fear and respect inspired
by that power. This emotional detachment
reduces the richness of the interaction
between human and landscape, and so the
spirit of the place loses its vital power. The
experience becomes bi-dimensional. What
remains of the spirit of a place when the
power of nature is domesticated?
Indeed, some natural sites around the
world have been venerated precisely
because their inhospitable or downright
dangerous conditions, combined with
demanding rituals, have protected places
devoted to gods. People ventured to
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such places only when obligated or when
searching for something larger than
themselves, and they often did it at great
risk. Today, it's rare to find a sacred place
that has not been set up to host visitors
comfortably and safely, and also to protect
the site itself from constant crowds. But
what if these modifications undermine the
spirit of the place? If we add elements to
facilitate access, do we remove the sense
of risk and discovery, and diminish the
sense of reward? If we design places to
attract still more visitors, we risk spoiling
the place's decorum and even damaging
it physically.
We can add to this the fact that the
collective imagination is no longer really
interested in the trolls, faeries, sprites,
monsters, energies, gods and goddesses
that could be all around us. Knowing all
that, is it possible that our preoccupation
with heritage, inclusiveness, comfort
and safety has led us to turn our mythical
places into banal tourist attractions? To
paraphrase a popular pirate movie, with
two characters talking about their soonto-vanish swashbuckling lifestyle, the
world hasn't gotten any smaller, there's
just less in it. (Pirates of the Caribbean, At
World's End - Pirate 1 :"The world used to

be a bigger place." Pirate 2: "The world's
still the same, there's just less in it.")
With all these challenges, how can we
design spaces to highlight the spirit of
a sacred place, in a world where fewer
and fewer people are sensitive to the
spiritual? They say the spiritual resides in
the invisible and can only be felt with the
heart. This leads us to understand that
the essence is already there, and that the
spirit of a place is revealed to us through
an emotional connection.
Based on that logic, the first step would
therefore be to ask ourselves about
the importance of each proposed built
element in order to keep them to a strict
minimum. After all, it is difficult to be
moved by a work of art when all we notice
is its frame. For example, is a railing really
necessary on a pathway one metre off
the ground, or could clear signage suffice
to prevent serious injuries? Consider
beginner and expert ski runs: the people
who use them are informed and take
responsibility for knowing their own
limits. Walking on such a path requires
extra care and slows people down, which
encourages them to take some time to
experience the place. The second step



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2020

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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