ruminations about architecture and design

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

the machine is the garden

Landscaping and gardening are design disciplines that present considerably more challenges than architecture that is oriented towards buildings. Exterior environments are in a state of change that overwhelms human intervention--while perversely,  human intervention constitutes a critical component of that change. The actions of an individual take on the flavor of futility and as a consequence, decay and movement become legitimate parts of the design composition. We are more inclined to embrace continual maintenance in a landscaping project. If a tree dies it is replaced, and no hard feelings arise. If a door in a building fails it becomes grounds for a claim. We expect retaining walls to fail--but the collapse of a building's foundation is a catastrophe.

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