Veille – Colloque : « Water in Historic Gardens as an Aesthetic Category and Natural Resource – Spanning a Bridge from West to East » (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 19 juin 2018)

Wörlitz Gardens – Fastigiate poplar trees after storm damage in June 2017, Photo: K. David

In historic gardens and parks, water is both an essential aesthetic category as well as an indispensable natural resource.

Water appears in a wide range of forms: outstretched lakes, bubbling fountains or gentle ponds. Exploring a garden from its waterways optimally complements a stroll through the grounds – something visitors still love to do up to the present day.

Furthermore, historic gardens, traditionally created as a “Gesamtkunstwerk”, embracing ­architecture, architectural staffages and monuments within a natural setting, are highly ­dependent on the supply of water for very different types of vegetation. Hence, the increasing number of drought events in the growing season and extreme summer heat as well as rapidly sinking groundwater tables may seriously affect the vitality of plants and trees. Likewise, raising groundwater can also be a major threat by impeding trees to grow roots into the deeper soil, hence, losing anchorage and thus becoming more susceptible to windthrow during storms.

This international symposium provides an opportunity to discuss such impacts and possible solutions to safeguard our historic parks and gardens with experts from Eastern Europe, with special focus on their relevance and applicability to the region of Berlin-Brandenburg.



2 pm – 2.15 pm

Introduction, Christoph Markschies

Vice-President of the Academy, HU Berlin

2.15 pm – 2.45 pm

The Water System of the 18th century garden in Bogoroditsk (Tula region), Alexandra Veselova 

Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg

2.45 pm – 3.05 pm


Chair: Michael Rohde 

Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

3.05 pm – 3.35 pm

Water fantasy in the Neva delta: a variety of water devices in the gardens of St. Petersburg XVIII – XX centuries, Andrej Reyman

St. Petersburg

3.35 pm – 3.55 pm


Chair: Adrian von Buttlar 

TU Berlin

3.55 pm – 4.25 pm

Coffee break

4.25 pm – 4.55 pm

On the social aesthetics of water and steam in the landscape gardens of 19th century Berlin, M. Norton Wise

University of California, Los Angeles


4.55 pm – 5.15 pm

Chair: Bernd Hillemeier 

Member of the Academy, TU Berlin

5.15 pm – 5.45 pm

Hydrosystem of the gardens of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, its transformation and impact, Vela Portugalskaya

The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

5.45 pm – 6.05 pm


Chair: Ulrich Cubasch

FU Berlin

6.05 pm – 6.35 pm

Aesthetics and sustainability in the Russian water parks, from the Baroque to 21st century, Boris Sokolov

Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow

6.35 pm – 6.55 pm


Chair: Bernd Uwe Schneider

German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam

6:55 pm –7.30 pm

Concluding discussion 

Chair: Christoph Markschies

Vice-President of the Academy, HU Berlin


19.06.2018    14:00 Uhr bis 19:30 Uhr

Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Einstein-Saal,
Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 Berlin

Kirsten Schröder

Source : site de l’organisateur de l’évènement

Benjamin Ringot

Adjoint au directeur scientifique, Responsable enseignement et formation Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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