Urban Wildscapes Symposium
Past Utopias and Savage Futures: The Role of Wildness in Urban Landscapes
Timed to coincide with the publication of Urban Wildscapes, published by Routledge and edited by Anna Jorgensen and Richard Keenan, this symposium at the Garden Museum continues to develop the themes found the book. In particular, the symposium aims to examine diverse past attempts at ordering the city, ranging from the ruined utopias in twentieth century modernist housing schemes to the projects of the Urban Pioneers in Berlin; and the contemporary landscape architectural projects that seek to encourage wildness and disorder in urban landscapes; as well as aiming to explore the range of attitudes towards urban ruins and wilderness that provide the social context for urban re-wilding.
Speakers include Anna Jorgensen, Steve Dobson, Alice Mah, Sam Vardy, Dougal Sheridan and Catherine Heatherington
Lunch, refreshments and invitation to Urban Wildscapes book launch included
When & Where
The Garden Museum was set up in 1977 in order to rescue from demolition the abandoned ancient church of St Mary’s which is the burial place of John Tradescant (c1570 – 1638), the first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history. His magnificent and enigmatic tomb is the centrepiece of a knot garden planted with the flowers which grew in his London garden four centuries ago.
In 2008 the interior was transformed into a centre for exhibitions and events by the construction of contemporary gallery spaces. Three exhibitions each year explore the making of British gardens, and a programme of over 30 talks and interviews celebrates heroes and heroines from the forgotten plant-hunters and gardeners of the past to the designers and writers in fashion today. Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens.