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Lecture: Christophe Ponceau, "Over the Ha-ha"

February 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Lecture: Christophe Ponceau, “Over the Ha-ha”

After completing his interior architecture degree at the Ecole Boulle in Paris and receiving a DPLG in architecture, Christophe Ponceau established a close association with Gilles Clément and turned to landscape architecture practice. He founded his studio with Mélanie Drevet, engaging landscape through a wide scope of design projects, from large-scale urban design to smaller scale private gardens. At the same time, he explores curation, temporary installation, and exhibition as a mode of landscape design. 

His research and practice situates landscape at the forefront of design and art. In the European context, while gardens are ubiquitous, they rarely confront contemporaneity as an experimental mode of aesthetic and public engagement. Few creative gardens receive media attention, even when they accompany hightly publicized architectural works. As a consequence, Christophe Ponceau seeks to modify the perception of gardens in the collective imagination and to associate them plainly with contemporary design. Since 2012, as a curator and creative director working at the intersection of landscape, photography, graphic design, and installation, he has produced a series of important projects that experiment with the full potential of landscape as a scenographic design practice. 

He recently completed the garden of the new FRAC Centre (Fonds régional d’Arts contemporains) in Orléans. He is the curator of the current edition of the quinquennale Lausanne Jardins. He is developing projects allying short-lived architecture, photography, and landscape in Detroit, in association with the agency Akoaki and the University of Michigan.

CHRISTOPHE PONCEAU, “OVER THE HA-HA” from Taubman College on Vimeo.



February 9, 2016
6:00 pm