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Tag Archives: memory

The essence of gardens

Sometimes the most poignant qualities of a site come not from what is actually there, but from what is connected to it, through time and space, by our recollections and … Continue reading

February 10, 2011 · 15 Comments

Square Louis XVI

The little park around the Chapelle Expiatoire on boulevard Haussman is traditionally planted with white flowers, in memory of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. So it was somehow fitting to … Continue reading

December 9, 2010 · 5 Comments

Parc de La Villette

Today it is fashionable to grapple with the idea of collective meaning and memory in landscapes. Conferences are held, books written, different styles of garden analysed, all debating how far … Continue reading

November 30, 2010 · 4 Comments

Pre-existing memories of Giverny

An exhibition of Monet’s work opened this week at the Grand Palais. It is the first retrospective of his paintings for around 30 years in Paris, where he remains resolutely … Continue reading

September 26, 2010 · Leave a comment

Monuments and Memories

Is heritage about things or about people? Last Friday I attended a conference in London, organised by Europa Nostra and ICOMOS UK, which considered this question. Called “Monuments and Memories,” … Continue reading

September 21, 2010 · 3 Comments

Book review: Spatial Recall

Marc Treib is one of my favourite writers about landscapes. He is thought-provoking, prolific and easy-to-read, perhaps the three qualities to which I most aspire. So it was with pleasure … Continue reading

June 3, 2010 · Leave a comment

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