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Category Archives: Modern design

Climate change à la Parisienne

Most people think about climate change with either skepticism or despair. In a new campaign, the mairie de Paris is trying to introduce a third response: optimism. A group of … Continue reading

January 4, 2011 · 4 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

Ferembal House in the Tuileries

This year, the Paris FIAC (a contemporary art fair) includes 28 installations in the Jardins des Tuileries. One of my favourites is the Ferembal House, displayed on the Terrasse des … Continue reading

October 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

Renovation of Parc André Citroën

Parc André Citroën in the 15th arrondissement is one of my favourite Paris parks. Opened in 1992, it was designed by landscape architects Gilles Clément and Alain Provost, with architects … Continue reading

October 22, 2010 · 4 Comments

Rond point, Champs-Elysées

Recently I wrote an article for Gardens and People on Bernard Lassus and his extraordinary (and never-realised) proposals for the Jardins des Tuileries. I struggle to describe the range and … Continue reading

October 11, 2010 · Leave a comment

Jardin Atlantique

The City of Paris has just completed a customer satisfaction survey, which showed that 98% of visitors to the city’s parks were happy with their experience. The top reason given … Continue reading

October 1, 2010 · 3 Comments

Modern heritage with a capital ‘M’

This weekend is Les Journées du Patrimoine, French Heritage Open Days, and one of the buildings involved is Le Corbusier’s masterpiece the Villa Savoye in Poissy, northeast of Paris. We … Continue reading

September 16, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Cheshire Cat at Versailles

From tomorrow, the chateau of Versailles is hosting an exhibition by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. He describes himself as like the Cheshire Cat, guiding the visitor through the wonderland of … Continue reading

September 13, 2010 · 2 Comments

Dan Kiley and New York Fashion Week

Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center was designed in the 1960s by master landscape architect Dan Kiley. Much diminished through neglect and misuse, the park is about to host New … Continue reading

September 8, 2010 · 4 Comments

Dan Kiley in Brussels

I recently wrote a piece for the Historic Gardens Review on a courtyard garden designed by American master landscape architect Dan Kiley in Brussels. In 1989 AG Group (a financial … Continue reading

September 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

Le Festival des Jardins

Every summer, Chaumont-sur-Loire hosts a garden festival, and this year we have finally managed to visit. It takes place in the grounds of the splendid fairytale château at Chaumont, all … Continue reading

August 26, 2010 · Leave a comment

Dan Kiley at La Défense

This week I went to see Dan Kiley‘s landcape design at La Défense, the business district to the west of Paris. Kiley is one of my favourite landscape architects. I … Continue reading

July 1, 2010 · 10 Comments

Round, like a Circle in a Spiral

Is it an earthwork, a seascape, an icon of landscape design, a pilgrimage destination, perhaps even a joke at the art world’s expense? In a recent article for the Historic … Continue reading

June 23, 2010 · 2 Comments

Promenade Pereire

Created in 1989, this linear park runs along the middle of boulevard Pereire in the 17th arrondissement. It may not be on a par with the great parks of Paris, … Continue reading

June 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries

This weekend is the annual garden festival, Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries, which takes place in a corner of Le Nôtre’s magnificent park in the middle of Paris. It is tiny … Continue reading

June 5, 2010 · Leave a comment

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