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CEKADA Lecture - "Reinventing the Existing: Creating a New Logic in Historic Places"

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Synopsis: Erik Dhont sees garden making a form of art, and he embraces it with imagination in order to give the clients a place to dream. Gardens are places to enjoy and appreciate, as well as places to grow and unwind.
Start Time: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:30 PM
End Time: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 9:00 PM
Location: New Jersey Institute For Food, Nutrition And Health(Ifnh)
Address: 61 Dudley Road
Campus: George H. Cook
City, State, Country: Brussels, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Speaker: Erik Dhont, Landscape Architect, Brussels, Belgium
Sponsor: Department of Landscape Architecture
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
Web Site: http://landarch.rutgers.edu/index.html
Contact Name: GAIL MCKENZIE
Contact Email: GAIL.MCKENZIE@RUTGERS.EDU
Contact Phone: (848) 932-9311
Additional Information: No matter the commission is to restore an old garden or to build a new one, the design emphasis is always on discovering and conceptualizing elements from the past based on the practical demands imposed by the present, from playing, cultivating to healing. Functionality is balanced with a fine-tuned aesthetic that remains sensitive to the needs of daily use, the chosen plant material, the environmental concerns and the surrounding landscapes. For Erik the essential goal of the garden and landscape is to make sure that the strongest element is there: you look, you observe, you take time. Over the years Erik Dhont has developed a style that remains personal, distinctive and instantly recognizable. Organic shapes on paper are translated into sculptural forms on site which would gain their patina as time goes by and the garden matures. It is this sense of rhythm—moments of the day, seasons of the year, and periods of life—that Dhont strives to highlight in his design. And his garden space is where this sense of rhythm is embodied and being performed.