Cultivating Scale: Funding Update8/21/2013
RSE awarded Graham Foundation Grant to extend research.
The global challenge of rapidly declining vegetative cover is being addressed by massive replanting projects that cross territorial, political, and cultural boundaries. The impulse to cultivate arid land is based on the requisite of combating the effects of desertification. Cultivating Scale proposes to reveal the elements that are essential to planting as a defense, to raise awareness of how these projects are transforming the environment. The tension between engineering infrastructure and cultivating healthy ecosystems is at the root of this topic, as projects span continents and range in the tens of millions of hectares. The varying frameworks and techniques that allow new plant cover to be introduced will be studied to form a critical perspective of each project, using historical, current, and future procedures. Because planting is the necessary foundation, Cultivating Scale will telescope across stages that consider the role of individual species from innovative seed mechanics to bionetworks.
Event: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum5/17/2013
"Tiny Taxonomy highlights the delicate beauty of mountain wildflowers and alpine perennials- common to rocky, high altitude environments."
This is the second iteration of Tiny Taxonomy; a little garden with big ambitions. A selection of plants is categorized by their common traits derived form an evolution towards miniaturization. This installation considers micro-features a design opportunity suggesting subtlety as an attraction while inviting attention, respect and even delight.
Published: TOPOS Magazine no.823/24/2013
Green Wall Infrastructure in China
The Chinese '3-North Shelterbelt Program' is the largest afforestation program in the world, which positions a massive tree planting scheme as the solution to dust storms. This national strategy aims to plant over 40% of China land area, a scale that will not only convert local ecologies, but alter adjacent territories and regional weather patterns. Arid land afforestation highlights the tension between engineering infrastructures and cultivating healthy ecosystems, as planting is used as a mechanism for carrying out urban agendas, casting trees as agents in our stewardship over nature.
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