3Wed., Mar.30-Thurs., Mar.31. D. Fairchild Ruggles (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Gardens and water in Islamic architecture.”

Dr. Ruggles is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, U. of IL-Urbana-Champaign. She will present two talks at Vanderbilt:

Wed, March 30, 4:10pm, Cohen Memorial Hall 203. “Beyond vision: embodied senses in Islamic gardens.” Presented as Vanderbilt Department of Art’s Normal L. and Rosalea J. Goldberg Lecture. Reception to follow.

Thu, March 31, 2:35-3:50, 101 Buttrick Hall. “Water and the transformation of early Islamic landscapes.” Using an array of water technologies, early Islam transformed the desert in ways that stimulated the economy and produced not only new productive landscapes but gardens for pleasure. But to understand how this happened, we must set aside the historical fascination with the four-part form of chahar bagh as an expressive symbol, and instead look at gardens as environmental systems that served living societies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Art History and the Eos Project.