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the garden of Bagh-e-Shazdeh

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Saskia de Wit, Defining Place,

Pamphlet is a publication series of the Chair of Cristophe Girot at the ETH Zürich. Number 24 - Lost in Paradise - offers different interpretations of the walled garden and aims to reconcile contemporary events with the enigmatic notion of paradise.

Bagh-e-Shazdeh in the Iranian desert, is a place outside: it maintains a distance from the realm of daily life, set apart in the landscape, while at the same time making the landscape manifest. Its enclosure enables both communication and separation: it articulates inside as well as outside, garden as well as surrounding landscape. The walls are the expression of a place that is both autonomous and contextual: the essential character of a garden. Enclosure is an ambivalent phenomenon: to enclose also means to exclude or to be captured, to divide is also a means to order and thus to connect. The boundary is there to be traversed, offering a choice between protection and exposure. Bagh-e Shazdeh exemplifies how a dialogue between confinement and freedom, outside and inside, accessibility and seclusion can give landscape spaces meaning as both part and counterpart of their geographical and social context. 

in Christophe Girot Fujan Fahmi en Myriam Uzor red Pamphlet Lost in Paradise A Journey through the Persian Landscape. in samenwerking met Azadeh Armojand Kermani. pp. 38-47