chapter  4
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A Visual Journey into Environmental Aesthetics

ByBirgit Cold

The history of atmosphere in architecture is one about how a part of wild nature, atmosphere as a meteorological phenomenon, became the focus of the arts and started migrating from art to art until it finally, together with the rest of nature, influenced architecture. The architecture of buildings has always produced atmospheres in its concrete sense, although of an artificial kind, and therefore as a part of culture. In fact, this is one of the basic aspects of architecture that has also been of fundamental evolutionary significance. Atmosphere as an aesthetic phenomenon of wild nature and its influence on architecture in the sense of the nineteenth century more or less disappeared. The link between atmosphere as a concrete phenomenon belonging to the natural sciences and atmosphere belonging to aesthetics, can be found in English poetry, landscape painting and gardening. Atmosphere as a physical phenomenon came to the forefront of the arts, and in particular English art, during the eighteenth century.