CHRISTOPHE PONCEAU

A landscape in perpetual movement with boundaries that shift, overlap and disappear over time.

 

Christophe Ponceau is the co-founder of Rue du Repos, a landscape architecture and scenography practice based in Paris. Trained as an architect, he gradually re-calibrated his focus from the built to the vegetal through a series of ongoing collaborations with Gilles Clement. Ponceau’s lecture touched on the sensibilities and techniques of his practise.

He walked us through four projects: a private residence, a canal lock landscape in Bourgogne, Greentrap (an installation in Lausanne), and the French pavillion at Saragosse. Of critical importance is the notion that material boundaries can be blurred, and the dichotomy between hardscape and softscape can be tactically undermined. The result is a landscape that is divided softly, a landscape in perpetual movement with boundaries that shift, overlap and disappear over time.