World-renowned Designers explore Geometry in Garden Design at SGD Conference

Company: Society of Garden Designers (SGD)
  • Garden by Cristina Mazzucchelli Credit Matteo Carassale
  • Kate Cullity TCL Australian Garden. Credit John Gollings
  • Garden by Alex Hanazaki. Credit Yuri Serodio.
  • Cristina Mazzucchelli. Credit Matteo Carassale

‘Geometry - new angles on gardens & landscape’
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2018 ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, LONDON SW7

A distinguished line-up of speakers will explore the use of geometry in garden design at the SGD Autumn Conference on 17th November 2018, sharing examples of their work to show how the relationship between shapes and lines is at the heart of garden and landscape design. 

In a series of talks, speakers will guide delegates through their techniques and processes to help explain the creative thinking behind the use of geometry in their own work. 

From the UK, world-renowned landscape designer Christopher Bradley-Hole FSGD, will explore arithmetic, rhythm, space, proportion, relationship and harmony in garden design in his talk titled 'The Whole is Greater than the Part', referencing his vast portfolio of work including Pallant House Gallery, Stanislavsky Theatre Moscow and the landscape for the Stirling Prize-winning Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge Botanic Garden. A passion that has underlined all his work,  Bradley-Hole says of geometry "I like to find the unique in each project, for a focus on the particular, with its details, geometry and proportion. If one can get to the essence, if one can find a purity in design, that can be really powerful and very special and very human”

Also from the UK, Landscape architect and designer Ian Kitson FSGD, will use the topic 'Another Line of Thought' to showcase some of his most exciting projects. Renowned for combining an innate instinct for balance and proportion with a love of nature, to create the shapes and forms in his designs, Ian will explain what motivates his approach to landscape and garden design and how he uses geometry to create his masterpieces. 

From Australia, landscape architect and environmental artist Kate Cullity will be exploring the role design expressions, such as patterning, repetition and the power of multiples, play out in her projects in a talk titled 'More than Just Looking Good: Beauty, Aesthetics and Care.' 

Kate will show how these ordering systems help to connect people to intrinsic structures found in nature, and in doing so create a link between environmental, social and cultural sustainability. Projects discussed will include an arboretum of ‘100 Forests’ of the world’s endangered tree species, designed for the National Arboretum in Canberra, the recently completed Cultivated by Fire - a display garden for the Gardens of the World IGA in the outskirts of Berlin which explores how Australian Aborigines manage the land by the use of periodic fires, and The Australian Garden – a botanic garden dedicated to the display of Australian plants and the abstraction of the Australian environment, which won the 2013 World Architecture Festival ‘Landscape of the Year’ award.

Internationally recognised Brazilian landscape architect Alex Hanazaki will explore 'Brazilian Geometry', explaining how Brazilian culture is characterised by a rich mix of different identities, which play together in complex urban dynamics. His talk will also examine a variety of natural Brazilian landscapes from the vast Cerrado (savannas) to the exuberant tropical forests.

Hanazaki says: "I recognise the influence of both European and Brazilian modernist architectures in my work: I incorporate minimalism, the mathematics of rationalism, linearity of axis and pure geometry in my gardens. But my signature isn’t restricted to one specific movement. I always feel touched by nature, excited by cosmopolitan life and I appreciate what I consider as beauty. Therefore, I am ready to absorb many variations of environments and styles, as long as they impact me with a sense of beauty.”  

Finally, Italian designer Cristina Mazzucchelli, will address the topic 'The Complementary Role of Curves and Lines in Creating Harmony' explaining her belief that, in garden design, mathematical rules are linked to our feeling of harmony, and that colours such as white and green emanate a positive feeling of wellbeing.

Her talk will illustrate how her start point of using systems such as the ‘Golden section’ and the ‘Fibonacci series’ to explore spatial design, can result in effortless brain interpretation for pleasurable senses. Mazzucchelli will illustrate with her own work why some proportions can be respected without sacrifice to any individual design style.

The conference will be chaired by John Wyer FSGD founder of landscape company Bowles & Wyer

Tickets are available via the SGD office on 01159 683 188. Visit the SGD website for more details.

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