Sarah A. Cowles
LX Landscape Interventions: Building Landscape Identity - Suburban to Soviet
15.12.2022, 19:00 Uhr
Haus der Landschaft - Stumpergasse 41/1/R1 1060 Wien und online unter Meeting-ID: 838 5650 4597 Kenncode: 588199

Sarah A. Cowles

Sarah Cowles is the director of Ruderal LLC. For Cowles, every site project is a forum to negotiate and invent new relationships of ecology and culture. She begins with the given, the site and its history, layering new elements that amplify the inherent intelligence of the site to construct new landscape identities and stories. Her expertise in landscape planning and design spans a range of scales, including master planning for cultural institutions, ecological rehabilitation of industrial, natural disaster, and mining sites, and urban and residential landscape design.

Before establishing Ruderal, Cowles was an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Knowlton School at the Ohio State University, and Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California. At TLS Landscape Architecture she coordinated site design of the US Consulate in Guangzhou, and large-scale urban redevelopment projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Treasure Island and Hunters Point Shipyard.


Ruderal is a site engineering, landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm based in Tbilisi, Georgia. We design and develop sustainable site projects where ecology, culture, and history harmonize with the surrounding context. We partner with municipalities, institutions, community groups, and private developers to guide the design and planning process, from concept to construction supervision.

Our Georgian-American studio team includes experts in allied fields including architecture, ecological planning, heritage conservation, horticulture, rural development, public engagement, and urban design.

Current projects include a 17-hectare multi-functional ecological resort and boutique hotel in Bakurtiskhe, Kakheti, the Mtatsminda Urban Forest, and the landscape for the Sighnaghi Panorama Hotel.

For over 10 years, Cowles and her partners have conducted landscape research and projects in the Caucasus region, including the ecological rehabilitation of the Kvirila River Gorge in Chiatura, post-mining use of limestone quarries of Kavtiskhevi, and heritage conservation of the landscape of the Borjomi-Bakuriani railway corridor.

LX Landscape Interventions

LX looks into two different types of interventions: punctual artistic interventions of a temporary nature on the one hand and large scale landscape changes on an engineering level. We want to explore and expand the boundaries of landscape architecture by going beyond the design of limited objects, either in terms of the effect of real natural forces or the intellectual expansion of landscape interpretation. Therefore, we have assembled a number of speakers who will challenge our understanding by presenting their work and approaches.


Haus der Landschaft - Stumpergasse 41/1/R1, 1060 Wien

und online unter:

Meeting-ID: 838 5650 4597
Kenncode: 588199