The garden is reclaiming the sprawl of urbanism. It’s growth stems from a public need for space through the extension of public space along privately owned building facades. The multiplicity of temporary gardens activate, improve, and encourage the use of privately owned public spaces, and create a disturbance by placing horticulture in unexpected locations as a reaction to the diminishing quality and quantity of public space. The garden’s purpose is to create a public forum in response to the residue of Pussy Riot and Occupy Wall Street resistance and the need for a physical domain of information exchange.
Although the transfiguration from the ground plane into a floating garden, and the dependency of hydroponic crystals allude to an artificial garden, the garden occurs at the scale of maintenance (the constant upkeep required in order to be ‘alive’ from constant decay and the urban scale of a garden always growing and always in flux with time. It supports all hierarchies of life.
[It is in our nature to modify nature.]
post-script: heterotopic gardens
students: Sharon Jamison & Gillian Shaffer
prof. Ezio Blasetti
Arch 400.05: Research Studio | Fall 2012
Undergraduate School of Architecture