Jean-Pierre Le Dantec lecture to look at the art of the garden

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Department of French and Francophone Studies, the Department of Landscape Architecture, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the Department of Art History and the University Libraries are pleased to sponsor Jean-Pierre Le Dantec, architect; urbanist; engineer; writer; and historian of art, architecture and landscape. He is professor emeritus of the Écoles Nationales Supérieures d’Architecture and co-director, Castro/Le Dantec/Berim/Nexity team, Atelier International du Grand Paris.

His lecture, "The Art of the Garden and the City: From the Baroque Period to Today" is free and open to the public at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library.

With a special focus on the art of the garden, Le Dantec is one of the moving forces behind the promotion of landscape design to the forefront of academic and public inquiry, accompanying its re-emergence as a major public space component. Author of several books on the history and poetics of gardens, recently Poétique des Jardins (2011) and Jardins et paysages (in press), he is also the author of literary texts, most recently "L'Île grande" (2012). Co-director of the Castro/Le Dantec/Berim/Nexity team within the Atelier International du Grand Paris, he is involved in the Greater Paris planning process.

To mark this year’s 400th birthday of French landscape architect André Le Nôtre, this public lecture will address the historical and contemporary relations between landscape architecture and urban design, illustrated by international examples ranging from the 17th century to today. For additional information, contact Flora Eyster, the Stuckeman School communications manager, at



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