A conference to be held Friday 19 and Saturday 20
September 2014, Floor 13, Arts Tower,
University of Sheffield, ST10 2TN
The grove- a grouping
of trees, intentionally cultivated or found growing wild- has a long diverse
history entwined with human settlement, changing rural practices and the
emergent culture and politics of cities. A grove can act variously as memorial;
place of learning; site of poetic retreat and philosophy, or political
encampment; a public park or public theatre; place of hidden pleasures, symbol
of a vanished forest ecology; or place of gods and/ or other spirits. Yet
groves are largely absent from our contemporary vocabulary, and they are only
rarely included in today’s landscape design practice, whether urban or rural.
However since groves have the potential to support new urban forms and
ecologies, they would be able to contribute to the importance of place. As a
result critical examination is long overdue and groves need to be assessed both
as literal and metaphorical manifestations and as ways of defining spaces and
ecologies for cultural life in city and country.
Groves Lost, Found and
Made is a long term study investigating the distinctive role and cultivation of
groves in the past, and the making of new urban places through experimental
art, design and management, reworking traditional practices. It examines groves
as defining spaces and ecologies for an alternative cultural life in both city
and country. The first in a series of conferences explores histories of groves
from multidimensional and multicultural perspectives. The conference aims to
select a number of contrasting examples and answer questions such as:
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.