Ruth Shiferaw

Can we understand more about the culture of a city through the way people value and design around or with nature? What stories do their natural environments tell? I’ve found that designed spaces of nature, such as gardens and public parks may often be designed with similar intentions to the significant architectural monuments of a city, for example to demonstrate tradition or signify power. These spaces may also evolve in meaning alongside buildings and maintain an image of sacredness.

Greece and Italy are two countries within the Mediterranean, a significant site behind the origins of western civilization. The influence of the Greco-Roman world is responsible for much of modern society and I was interested in observing moments of intersection between architecture and nature, and notably sacred spaces.

Number of
countries visited
  • Greece
  • Italy

“… the glory that was Greece, the grandeur that was Rome!” – Edgar Allan Poe