Landscape Institute webinar: Planting Design for Landscape Architects : Session 2, 27 January 2022  19:30 – 20:45 CET

Landscape Institute webinar: Planting Design for Landscape Architects : Session 2, 27 January 2022 19:30 – 20:45 CET

Please join us for the continuation of the L.I. London webinar series on ‘Planting Design for Landscape Architects’, at 18.30 GMT on 27th January 2022. We are delighted to announce that our next speaker will be the landscape architect Sarah Cowles, Director of Ruderal, a ground breaking landscape research and design practice, based in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Ruderal is a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning studio. For over 10 years, Sarah Cowles and her colleagues have conducted landscape research projects in the Caucasus region, including studies of mining landscapes in Kavtiskhevi and Chiatura; alongside heritage conservation and rejuvenation projects within the landscape of the Borjomi-Bakuriani narrow gauge railway corridor. In 2019 Sarah established Ruderal, to transform this research into material and social practice.

In this presentation Sarah will discuss evolving interpretations of the term ruderal,and outline how temporal aspects of planting surface in the studio’s projects. They include research interpreting relationships of ecology to health in Imperial and Soviet health resorts; rehabilitating these 19th and 20th century cultural and resort landscapes for contemporary occupation; inserting climate adapted species within the traces of large scale Soviet-design amelioration landscapes; and directing ruderal
process on former industrial sites.

In 2021 Ruderal won the Landezine LILA ‘Special Jury Award’ for their Arsenal Oasis project.⁠⁠ The LILA Jury said: “Arsenal Oasis is an experimental project that deals with found objects, most visibly, with the phenomenon of a broken pipe that provides water. The surface is reshaped to invite water and makes the planting of trees
possible. Because the debris is left in place, the process of change is visible and readable. This newfound and unique roughness reflects a relevant dialogue between what was, what is, and the suggestion of what ought to be. The project addresses wider spatial issues in Tbilisi and will hopefully act as a catalyst to spark positive change regarding neglected areas in the city.”⁠⁠

This online event is open to all, and following the presentation there will be discussion, facilitated by Dilip Lakhani, Chair of L.I. London.

*! EVENT UPDATE !* 17 Jan 22

We are very pleased to further announce that Peter Culley of Spatial Affairs Bureau will be introducing Sarah, and also taking part in the discussion afterwards. Peter Culley is the founder of Spatial Affairs Bureau, an award-winning architecture and urban design firm with projects in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.

Peter’s ethos for Spatial Affairs Bureau’s practice is being open across disciplines and scales and recognising and embracing the limits of each project scenario; he sees architecture as a critically informed filter somewhere on a sliding spectrum between landscape and interior space. His projects tend to test out this shifting balance.

His inherent sense of landscape alongside architecture was fostered earlier, working with landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson (and Gustafson Porter Bowman) as project architect for the National Botanic Garden of Wales Great Glasshouse Interior Landscape (representing 6 Mediterranean type climatic zones), and the National Heritage Lottery Crystal Palace Park remodel and renovation project, together with John Lyall Architects and Gustafson Porter Bowman. Peter and Sarah taught together on Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism graduate program at the University of Southern California.

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