Paradise Garden Workshop │ Aberdeen University, Aberdeen (UK) │ 2016



Paradise Garden Workshop 15, Feb 2016
The University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

The Paradise Garden Workshop envisages as a way to discuss people’s notions towards environment, and the idea of perfect nature. In this workshop, the participants defined the qualities of their ideal environment -- the ‘paradise’ -- and using plants, stones, soil and materials found in the Cruickshank Botanic Garden (the university botanical garden) to present/ built those qualities in their miniature gardens. Through the process of creating an artificial- natural environment, we looked back at the history of eastern (Chinese and Japanese) and western landscape/ garden making, shared our idea about nature and landscape making/ designing and reflected on today's approaches in environmental design.

The Paradise Garden Workshop was made possible by the kind support of the The University of Aberdeen's anthropology department, the "Knowing From the Inside" project (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/research/kfi/) and the Cruickshank Botanic Garden.


在工作坊中,參與者先以詞彙定義出各自心目中天堂樂園的特質後,前往植物園聽取植物園策展管理人對植物園設計及管理的思考。之後返回工作坊場地,畫出各自的花園邊界,並著手拆散原本在會場的植物裝置,以這些素材來製作個人心目中的天堂樂園。最後参與者輪流分享對天堂樂園的想像,以及這個象徵各自想像的作品。 

藉由動手製作及討論交流,此工作坊旨在檢視影像、語言符號框架,是如何建構出社會中的我們對「美好環境」的想像,而人們又是如何以社會建構於我們之上的價值來「設計」改變自身周遭的自然環境。

本工作坊應英國蘇格蘭Aberdeen大學人類學系Knowing From Inside計劃邀請舉辦。