lecture:Julian Raxworthy, Ph.D.

09/23/19, 6:00PM

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2019

    USC Watt Hall #1

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The USC Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program presents a public lecture by Julian Raxworthy, Ph.D., titled "Overgrown: Practices between Landscape Architecture and Gardening."

As a profession, landscape architecture has developed a fraught relationship with gardening, despite having developed from it via landscape gardening. In this lecture, Raxworthy will argue that as landscape architecture has become more representational, it has lost touch with maintenance tools in gardening that allow for the optimization of the properties of change that landscape materials like plants have, such as growth. Raxworthy sets out an overview of his recent book, "Overgrown," and advances a new model for plant form – the viridic, a landscape equivalent of the tectonic, from the Latin for green, connoting spring and growth – which he argues has been under-theorized in landscape architecture.

Julian Raxworthy, Ph.D. is an Australian landscape architect residing in Dubai, and Honorary Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland. He was a recipient of a Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts grant for his book "Overgrown: Practices between Landscape Architecture and Gardening," published by The MIT Press in Fall 2018.

Related Links: www.julianraxworthy.com