Connecting with Nature: Placemaking and the Urban Garden

24 June 2023

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Culture, art, and aesthetics are central to human well-being. Just as essential is a sustained engagement with natural environments, given that as human beings, we are part of the wider ecosystem. Therefore, the holistic well-being of human communities is also dependent on the quality of our engagement with the natural world beyond the boundaries of our bodies and the built environment we inhabit.

The urban garden is a human natural environment nexus with its own complexities and linkages. It supports urban biodiversity while encouraging new connections between meaning-making, physical space, and action in public space that spurs an ecological aesthetic of attachment.”

As part of the MICAS Education and Community Programming Strand (MEC), the Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) will be holding a conference on Saturday 24th of June 2023, at The National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

During this event, local and international speakers from various creative disciplines, academia, and other fields will be exploring the challenges of dense urbanisation and the role of the urban garden space as a connector to natural habitats and biodiversity in the city. 

Session 1: Keynote presentation by CJ Lim
Romance and Resilience: Landscapes of the Imagination

Session 2: Keynote presentation by Mario Balzan
Planning effective and multifunctional nature-based solutions: insights from the case-study of Malta

Session 3: Panel discussion. Speakers: Elisabeth Conrad, Anton Grech, CJ LimGeorgina Portelli, Andrew Darragh, Stephen Saliba. Moderated by Konrad Buhagiar



DATE: 24 JUNE 2023

TIME: 9:00  – 14:30 HRS 

LOCATION: National Museum of Archaeology, Republic Street, Valletta VENUE: Gran Salone

ADMISSION: Free, book here:


This event is supported by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Heritage Malta.

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