Institutum Romanum Finlandiae
Villa Lante al Gianicolo
Passeggiata del Gianicolo 10
21 November 2022
This one-day symposium examines the presence of trees in or around built environments in a diachronic perspective from Antiquity through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present. Trees will be set in the context of man-made, constructed environments of houses and farmhouses, temples and churches, streets, boulevards and fora, as interfaces between wild nature and socially contructed space. The symposium gathers scholars to discuss the social, religious, esthetic, sanitary, economic and ecological significances of urban trees in different periods, from ancient Rome, to modern urban planning and the recent “battles for trees”. How do trees function as monuments, lieux-de-memoir, or objects of worship in urban environments? How does their economic aspect as producers of fruit or wood or even shade, or division of space intermingle with more symbolic and religious qualities?
How do people perceive urban trees emotionally and interact with trees in the cities?