Institute for
HSR

Aktuell

Sensationeller Fund im Archiv für Schweizer Landschaftsarchitektur

 

Im Archiv für Schweizer Landschaftsarchitektur an der Hochschule für Technik in Rapperswil sind 320 Pläne und Skizzen des weltbekannten deutschen Landschaftsarchitekten Leberecht Migge (1881 – 1935) gefunden worden. Der Fund ist für die Forschung zur Gartengeschichte eine Sensation, weil er die Arbeitsweise des Gartenkünstlers und -reformers Migge erstmals in Originalen sichtbar macht; seine Familie hatte den gesamten Nachlass nach seinem Tod vernichtet. Daher war sein Werk bisher nur aus kleinen Abbildungen in Zeitschriften und Büchern bekannt. Der Fund zeigt nicht nur bekannte, sondern auch viele unbekannte Werke und völlig neue Aspekte des Wirkens von Migge. Die Pläne gelangten durch den ehemaligen Mitarbeiter von Migge, den Schweizer Gartenarchitekten Walter Leder (1892 – 1985) in die Schweiz. Die Familie Leder, die noch heute einen Gartenbaubetrieb in Zürich führt, hatte den Nachlass aufbewahrt und zwischen 2013 und 2016 an das Schweizer Archiv für Landschaftsarchitektur übergeben. In den kommenden Jahren werden der Fund und die Beziehungen zwischen Migge und der Schweiz an der Fachstelle für Gartenkulturgeschichte der Hochschule für Technik in Rapperswil erforscht. Fachtagungen und eine Publikation im Birkhäuser Verlag werden die Zeichnungen und Pläne der Forschung, der Lehre und der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich machen.

 

Links:

Archiv für Schweizer Landschaftsarchitektur ASLA

Stiftung für Schweizer Landschaftsarchitektur SLA

Leberecht Migge

 

Informationen:

Prof. Hansjörg Gadient, Archivleiter: hansjoerg.gadient(at)hsr.ch
Dr. Sophie von Schwerin, Kuratorin: sophie.von.schwerin(at)hsr.ch
Simon Orga, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter: simon.orga(at)hsr.ch

 

An integrated approach to conservation of threatened plants for the 21st Century


We have all heard about the Panda. We have all seen it in pictures or in zoos. We have all seen its merchandise. The Panda is an iconic animal and is used as a flagship for the importance of conservation of species and habitats in this changing world. Yet, there are many species which are far more important in our day to day life than the Panda can ever be.


Most of these silent species are plants. Like the Panda, many are facing the threat of extinction. But unlike the Panda, most of them are not charismatic and do not get the attention that they deserve. Very often, the most important things are hidden in plain sight.


It is with this in mind that 88 plant scientists from 33 European countries (including Switzerland with a scientist from the HSR Institute of Landscape and Open Space ILF and one scientist from the Botanical Garden of the University of Bern) converged on Průhonice, close to Prague, in the Czech Republic, to spend two days speaking about plants. These are the members of a European initiative called ‘Conserve Plants’, also known by its less descriptive name of COST Action CA18201. Their objective? To come up with an integrated approach to conservation of threatened plants in the 21st Century.


It is immediately obvious that in order to protect plants, we first need to understand them and their habitats. As such, the scene was set by two distinguished guests whose one-hour lectures modulated the discussions for the rest of the meeting. Vernon Heywood spoke, in his inimitable style, about the challenges of integrated plant conservation in Europe whilst Zuzana Münzbergová discussed genetic diversity in populations of rare species and its implications for species conservation.


These talks provided a baseline from which to proceed. The participants subsequently split into five working groups, discussing anything from conservation to genetics and came up, by the end of the second day of the meeting, with a list of proposals and projects that will be implemented over a three-year period.


It will take more than a two-day meeting to halt the downward trend in plant diversity. However, it does represent a very good start to an extensive collaboration between scientists from different disciplines, all of whom are geared towards the preservation of plants and plant diversity.


Cost Action CA18201 is chaired by Živa Fišer from the University of Primorska (Slovenia) and co-chaired by Giovanna Aronne from the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). The meeting was hosted by the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

 

Information: conserveplants.eu/en/

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jasmin Joshi