Generating urban landscapes in France: a historical perspective since 1945

This historical perspective on the development of a specific landscape profession will cover the different steps starting from the creation of a specific professional development program in Versailles, in 1945,and leading up to the recent contributions in urban development involving sustainability issues.

Though the development of Landscape architects in France is generally associated with the 1980’s, we will focus on the role of a pioneer generation who found an ideal concrete experimental field in the residential housing areas created during the post war boom years. These places are now being submitted to tough renovation policies in which the landscape dimension is generally forgotten. Hence, through a set of figures and projects we will highlight the bases of landscape conception and the potential offered by such an approach.

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Bernadette Blanchon is a certified Architect, Associate Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (ENSP - www.ecole-paysage.fr) of Versailles, research fellow at the Landscape Architecture Research Laboratory (LAREP) of the ENSP. Previously, she worked in collaboration with Alexandre Chemetoff’s « Bureau des Paysages ».

Her teaching and research work mainly focuses on the relationship between a landscape culture and the urban project, following 2 main axis : the development of a specific landscape architecture competency during the post-war era and the critical reading of completed works.

She has contributed to several collective publications and is also the editor of the academic Journal JoLA, Journal of Landscape Architecture where she is in charge of Under the Sky, a critical reading of works section.


- Where? Orpheum Annex Theatre, 823 Seymour Street (Vancouver)
- When? Feb. 13, at 6.30PM

Dernière modification : 07/02/2013

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