Inaugural Lecture of the ETH MSc in Landscape Architecture 2023–2024 held by Catherine Mosbach.
Monday, 18 September 2023, 15:00–17:00
ETH Hönggerberg, Auditorium E3
Landscape …. asserts a ‘painting’ that some would aspire to put under bell. The bottomless abysses of our practice as Landscape Architects probe the alliances beyond the courtiers of the generic green. Upstream of all hypotheses, let us convene the masses which include us, constitute us, welcome us on the ground before being absorbed by the cosmic dimensions of Michel Cassé. We, and the medium of which we are part, come from the elements and return to them. Our Landscape projects explore the points of view of the visibility parameters of chromatic moults placed as provision of the common good, at the rhythm of cycles more or less long according to the ingredients – microorganisms, photons, air, water, plants, animals, homo sapiens. It is thus that the work itself takes the word of a world towards the other.
Catherine Mosbach is a landscape architect and the founder of Paris-based design firm mosbach paysagistes & the magazine Pages Paysages. Catherine’s key projects include the Solutre Archaeological Park in Saone-et-Loire, Walk Sluice of Saint-Denis, the Botanical Garden of Bordeaux, the other side in Quebec City, Shan Shui in Xian & Lost in Transition in Ulsan. She was the recipient of the Equerre D’argent award with Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa for the Louvre Lens Museum Park & was honoured in the Iconic Concept Award category by the German Design Council and Platine Award by INT.design 15th Montreal for Phase Shifts Park in Taichung. The team is honoured Firm of the Year 2021 in Landscape and Urban Design by Architecture Master Prize Los Angeles. Catherine is named an knight of the Legion of Honour proposed by the President of the Republic Francois Hollande in 2016. In the net of desires with ovvo studio explores the infinitesimal of the living by XXI Triennale de Milano 2017. Some of her latest essay are ‘emersion’, dialog Jerome Boutterin with Catherine Mosbach. Jerome Boutterin Reboot 1999-2022. (eds.) snoeck MMBOOKS BELGIQUE and ‘de passage’ la couleur en questions, directe by Michel Menu, Jean-Marie Schaeffer, RomainThomas; Collection la Nature de l’oeuvre, ed Hermann. 2023. Catherine Mosbach is Visiting Professor Harvard 2017-2019-2023.
Image: Lost in Transition, mosbach paysagistes