Sarik Berberian, Architect NTU Athens, Landscape Architect ETH Zurich
A thought provoking event for all those involved in the contemporary landscape design field took place at the Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany, from 20-22 June 2013. Organized by the Landscape Architecture Chair of Christophe Girot at the ETH Zurich, under the auspices of the Volkswagen Foundation, the Symposium was an exemplary gathering of outstanding thinkers and practitioners, representing major academic institutions and practices of the international landscape architecture scene.
Highlighting the strategic value of education and multidisciplinary research in the creation of knowledge, Wilhelm Krull gave the welcome address on behalf of the Volkswagen Foundation. He was followed by Cristophe Girot, who expressed his hope for the event to become “a milestone in reflecting on our work, as Landscape Architecture seems to have become an uncritical profession in recent times”. In the following two and a half days the critical debate under the general title of “Thinking the Contemporary Landscape – Positions & Oppositions” gravitated around three main topics, with lectures and discussions shedding light on a multitude of issues both in logos and praxis.