Attending a Lecture…. and its aftereffect.

Last night, friend M and I drove 40km to attend a lecture at the U, entitled “Gardens as Elements of an Urbanizing World”.  The lecturer is a world-renowned  “expert on the development of landscape architecture through the ninteenth and twentieth centuries.  He was co-founder of his university’s interdisciplinary doctoral program “Practice and Theory of Creative Research in the Arts”.

I have long been looking at and considering land use in suburbia, and have noted with pleasure the increased recognition of the need for urban and suburban allottments which enable people to grow at least some of their food, if they do not already have a piece of owned earth on which to do so. What surprised me in this lecture was an almost total lack of emphasis on gardens in urban settings which could augment food supplies for people living there; I would rather have seen developments in this area, than on the history of the evolution of pleasure gardens of well-to-do landowners and leisure places of large communities.

While having breakfast, browsed on line articles from “The New York Times”, still somehow preoccupied by last night’s lecture, and came across the article:

“Smokestacks in a white wilderness divide Iceland” by Sarah Lyall, February 4, 2007. The New York Times.

Having seen many photos and artworks picturing Iceland, which is a place of peculiar beauty, and perhaps is a natural Variation of the Garden, in all its possible meanings, I was very much moved by the contents of this article – a stuggle between the need to conserve an environment and the necessity of increasing trade by a particular nation of people.

5 Responses to “Attending a Lecture…. and its aftereffect.”

  1. Dejan Says:

    When I was a kid back then in 80-ties, I was dreaming about solar houses. There was one special edition of famous scientific magazine Galaksija that was dedicated completely to solar houses (with very cool names like Andromeda or Kentaur) and I was spending hours in reading that issue, and dreaming…

    Check this page out: http://www.solarhouse.com/

  2. Dejan Says:

    By the way, I salute the idea of growing vegetables in the city area. But that can be done if we reduce air pollution to great extent, otherwise that would be equal to eating poisoned apple in Snow White story 🙂

    For all who want to read the NY Times article you recommended, I provide the link here. Just click on it 🙂

  3. Michèle Says:

    There’s a big revival in cities in the uk in the use of allotments, and it’s a good thing too. Now if people can just avoid getting shot while they grow their vegetables then we’ll all be ok…

  4. idiopathicidiocy Says:

    Speaking of eating homegrown food, a cousin of mine only yesterday sent us some papayas which he grew in his garden. And that isn’t the only thing he grows there.Vegetables like okra (known as bhindi here) and green chillies are some of many which he grows himself.According to him, the satisfaction which he derives from growing his own food is no match to buying vegetables from the market.And he thinks his vegetables taste better as well 🙂

  5. Deborah Barlow Says:

    Alice Waters, who many consider to be the grand dame of California cuisine and its emphasis on fresh, local produce, has started a program in urban farming. She started with elementary schools in the Bay Area, used school land to start gardens and is teaching the kids about farming. The urban farming movement has started to show up in other cities as well.

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