Critical Lifting on the tension and triumph of the One Tree Project at Washington University
Go There a review of the luscious “Cartographic Grounds” by Jill Desimini and Charles Waldheim
Austerity Measures on the role of art and criticism in landscape architecture
Propagating an Idea the legacy of Roland Gustavson’s Landscape Laboratory in Alnarp, Sweden
All that and More a review of “Is Landscape”, edited by Gareth Doherty and Charles Waldheim
Ruderal Aesthetics On the ecological, metaphoric and cultural work of ruderal species
Ruderal Academy wins Quarry Life Award for a reclamation plan for Kavtiskhevi Quarry in the Republic of Georgia. The project creates dryland gardens that will host plant species adapted to the quarry conditions, and use key drainage points to build new micro-habitats and ephemeral pools to increase biodiversity.
The Elusina Lazenby Experimental Forest is an installation that draws attention to the conceptual spaces between landscapes and landscape interpretation. The architectural installation takes the form of, and plays with, the conceit of a landscape interpretive center, drawing attention to the multiple layers and lenses through which we interpret and represent landscapes.
Continuous Garden Altered Daily foregrounds the improvisation innate to garden-making. Aesthetically, we’re drawn to the textures of nascent states of ecological restoration, when the live stakes and seedlings are leafing out, when the geotextiles and artifices of ecological restoration are visible. In this scheme, each plot is research—a test plot—for the following garden, that accrues into a series of garden cells united by a material palette. We’re interested in the practice of garden-making and re-making, rather than the complete garden picture.
Snagged interprets the new landscape of the US-Mexico border zone, and how these changes affect both nations. It is comprised of two parts. Fence Ditch Repeat is set of diagrams, drawings and maps documenting the history of changes to the border landscape, both physical and legal, and contemporary landscape effects of border hardening. The Flying Ditch is a sculptural installation distilling and articulating the material and ambient qualities of borderland space.