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Thursday, November 1

12 Noon - Ticketed Luncheon

Speakers: James Brayton Hall, President and CEO of The Garden Conservancy, and Andrew Raftery, RISD Professor of Printmaking

Hall and Raftery will deliver a presentation to be held at The Pavilion at Grace Church.

"The Autobiography of a Garden"

Gardens—culturally significant living works of art— are inherently difficult to preserve. The Autobiography of a Garden is an installation of twelve earthenware plates transfer-printed with engraving that shows artist Andrew Raftery going through the year performing gardening tasks appropriate to each month—a contemporary response to the medieval book of hours. 

The garden at Raftery's mother's home in Providence, Rhode Island, is both the inspiration for his work and a separate creative entity. In discussion with James Brayton Hall, President and CEO of The Garden Conservancy, Raftery will explore the relationship between the eight years it took to develop this project, the constantly renewing cycles inherent to gardening, and this novel approach to “preserving” an ephemeral garden.

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5:30 p.m. - Keynote Lecture

Speaker: Ron Henderson, FASLA

Free and open to the public, to be held at Skyline at Waterplace.
"The Natural History of Cities"
Landscape architect and director of the Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Ron Henderson FASLA will deliver the keynote address of the 2018 Providence Symposium.  His talk on cultural landscapes will include inspiration for his design of CityWalk.  Henderson with Phoebe Blake and Dan Baudouin received the PPS Preservation Initiative Award for Community Involvement in 2017 for their decade-long dedication to the study and planning of the 8-mile pedestrian and bicycle network, currently becoming a reality through the City of Providence.
Henderson is a frequent lecturer in Asia and North America, and his talk, "The Natural HIstory of Cities" investigates the persistence of natural factors - such as geological formations, hydrological regimes, soil formation, catastrophic events, and other factors - in the settlement and development of global cities such as Semnan (Iran), Beijing (China), London (England) as well as Providence.
aia aicp logos  Credits: AIA (1 HSW|LU) and AICP (1 CM Credit) are available for this program.



7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - VIP Reception

Come mingle with keynote speaker Ron Henderson, Symposium sponsors, and PPS trustees while enjoying drinks, heavy hors d'eourves, and beautiful views of Providence and Waterplace Park.

Ticketed, to be held at Skyline at Waterplace.


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