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.