Nature and aesthetic are essential terms in our understanding of cultures, landscapes and ourselves, even though, we cannot describe them by the use of our language. The two terms have as many interpretations as the number of humans on the planet, and still we are using them as they only have one universal definition – ours. This leads to many unnecessary confusions and discussions that could be prevented through an understanding of the varieties of the terms. Professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at MIT, Anne Whiston Spirn (1947-) has a great focus on the problems with humans losing their ability to understand the landscape.

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“Every story is a travel story – a spatial practice. For this reason, spatial practices concern everyday tactics, are part of them, from alphabet of spatial indication, the beginning of a story the rest of which is written by footsteeps, to the daily “news”, television news reports, legends, and stories that are told.”

Michel de Certeau (de Certeau 1988, p. 115)

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“To remain stationary in these times of change, when all the world is on the move, would be a crime.”

Thomas Cook 1854, (Urry 2007, p. 14)

The world is on the move. Thomas Cook (1808-1892), the founder of the travel agency Thomas Cook & son, said it as a slogan for his time, and the world has kept on moving since. At the time of Cook, people in the US travelled on average 50 metres per day. Nowadays an American travels on average 50 kilometres per day. Citizens of the world move 23 billion kilometres; by 2050, it is predicted to increase to 106 billion kilometres (Urry 2007).

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Every single part of Denmark has been touched by humanity. The landscape contains signs of human beings living and changing it; a denoted cultural landscape. The humans endless change of the nature creates a situation today where the state of the nature in Denmark is critical, 27 % of the Danish species are gone, threatened or exposed (Vincentz, Hahn-Petersen and Bro, 2013). The cities are the indicator of cultural landscape. They have not much left from the original landscape; coastlines, topographies and vegetation have changed and the biodiversity in the city decreases. The cities are a reality that will not change as a result, the city has to adept to the future, where the dense living and high biodiversity shall unite.

This study shows that the definition of the nature is a very individual thing, which makes the definition multifarious and indefinite. Before discussing the nature, it is therefore important to know what people think about when they talk about the nature.

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