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Design event – Talk by Katja Grillner, Nature’s Lover: Figuring a Landscape Designer, 6 December

Posted in Events, Research by Ferne Edwards on December 5th, 2007

RMIT ARCHITECTURE AND FEDERATION SQUARE PRESENTS ARCHITECTURE + PHILOSOPHY PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES

FINAL LECTURE OF OUR 2007 CALENDAR – Katja Grillner, Natures Lover: Figuring a Landscape Designer

Thursday 6 December, 2007
6.30pm RMIT Lecture Hall 8.11.68 (Building 8, Level 11, Room 68)

The western idea of landscape design as a distinct artistic practice emerges in Europe in the 18th century. The landscape designer is characterised at the time as a sensitive ‘lover of nature. A figure that, for the purposes of enhancing the beauty of the grounds – his ‘mistress – performs a series of actions, taking place over time in a dynamic process of interpretation. These may be described as interchanging reading and writing the site. In contrast to the architect, the landscape designer does not invent, but rewrites. This lecture presents the significant tropes that secured the historical features of this designer figure and further shows its firm inscription in a gendered power game that casts a troubling shadow over the softly spoken, sensitive gardener. Do traces of these features still remain in todays landscape discourse, and in its perceived relation to architecture? And what are in that case the implications for contemporary design practice?

Biographical note
Katja Grillner (M.Arch, PhD) is an architect and critic based in Stockholm, Sweden. Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, she is the director of research and PhD-studies, and the director of AKAD. She is a member of the board of the Swedish Architecture Museum. Her research on architecture and landscape combines theoretical, historical and literary strategies of investigation. Among her book publications are her PhD-dissertation Ramble, linger and gaze – philosophical dialogues in the landscape garden (Stockholm: KTH 2000), as main-editor 01-AKAD –
Experimental Research in Architecture and Design (Stockholm: AxlBooks, 2005), and, as co-editor, Architecture and Authorship (London: Black Dog, 2007).

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