ArchDebates III: Islamic Landscape Architecture and the Making of the Renaissance Garden

March 21, 2024

Terracing, the view and the use of water as a design element are found both in Islamic and in Renaissance gardens and villas. Are these similarities the result of crosscultural exchanges? Do they point to commonalities in underlying cultural developments? The 3rd workshop in the series Arch Debates, organized in collaboration with the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and the Escuela de Estudios Arabes (CSIC), aims to stimulate transregional, interdisciplinary debates on the history of landscape architecture.

More information can be found in the full workshop schedule here.


14:00 Felix Arnold, Madrid, Sabine Frommel, Paris, and Nicolas Fieve, Paris: Introduction

14:15 Giorgio Galletti, Florence: Clues to Arab culture in Central Italian gardens between the 15th and 16th centuries

14:45 Felix Arnold, Madrid: Terracing and the View in Islamic Cordoba

15:15 Emanuela Ferretti, Florence: Watching, contemplating and building. Terracements and ‘belvedere’ in Renaissance Italian gardens

15:45 Discussion on terracing and the view

17:00 Julio Navarro Palaz6n, Granada, Los ninfeos palermitanos (siglos X-XII) entre la AntigUedad y el Renacimiento

17:30 Emanuela Garofano, Palermo: Medieval and Islamic legacies in garden culture in Palermo between the 15th and 16th centuries

18:00 Discussion on water as a design element

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