CIVA TALKS & TOURS — Thilo Folkerts : Next Season : The City as a Garden

How landscape architects design future landscapes ? To which challenges should they respond ? In partnership with CIVA, within the framework of the exhibition Designed Landscapes, the Chair of Landscape of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta ULB, proposes three public Talks to tackle those questions. The first talk deals with the reinvention of the garden (Thilo Folkerts, Berlin), the second talk adresses creativity in park maintenance (Marti Franch, Girona — 14.03.19), the third talk invites a dozen of designers to debate the making of Brussels future landscapes (21.03.19).

Thursday, February 7, 2019
CIVA, Rue de l'Ermitage 55, 1050 Brussels

lecture Thilo Folkerts (100Landschaftsarchitektur) : 5 €
exhibition Designed Landscapes (exceptionnally open till 8pm!) + talk Thilo Folkerts : adults 10 € / students and seniors 5 € / museumpassmusées free entrance
— Buy a ticket to the exhibition and enjoy a free guided tour at 6pm !

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Next Season : The City as a Garden

It is not news that our cities are dissolved, fragmented, globalized. Acknowledging the world’s near complete human pervasion, the resultant high degree of turbulence between nature and culture requires new perspectives. The garden stands at the interface of these readjustments, as a cultural topos. Yet, it has all but vanished from the professional discourse in landscape architecture.

The garden that I’m interested in is not as a typology or an enclosed space—the motific hortus conclusus is cut off from the world, it is decided upon, solved, benignly encased. I’m interested in the garden as a contemporary cultural realm in which our urban realities and relations to the environment become tangible, and where space and process become workable. My understanding of garden represents a palpable reality of nature within the urban landscape. Such nature does not constitute an opposition to the city, but is essentially part of it, a nature that is integrated in and culturally interwoven with the city, a nature that includes humans, their curiosity and knowledge. Designing with it is about conceptualizing its complex presence, about discovering and utilizing it for our urban lives.

The recovery and widened reactivation of the term could well be a tool and the garden simultaneously a field of work where landscape architecture, urbanism, architecture, art, and many more disciplines converge. This garden is, so to say, for all to work on.


Thilo Folkerts

Born in Neuenhaus, Germany in 1967. He studied landscape architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), taught as an assistant professor at the Chair of Landscape Architecture at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, as a visiting professor at the School of Landscape Architecture at the Université de Montréal, Canada, at the TUB and at the Academy of the Arts in Stuttgart. However, primarily working as a designer, Thilo Folkerts, has since 1997, realized landscape architecture and experimental works on the concept of the garden. Projects were installed in Quebec, Le Havre, Craonne, Lausanne, Basel, Zurich, Rome, Sardinia, Kortrijk, Brussels, Berlin and many other places. In 2014 he was a fellow at the Villa Massimo in Rome. In addition to working as a landscape architect who designs, experiments and constructs, he pursues his interest in the unique language of gardens as author, editor and translator. Thilo Folkerts founded 100Landschaftsarchitektur in Berlin in 2007.