Creative Urban Greening: My Green City
Ok, I admit it, I’m awed by the understated power of a Kindle, but I still love books. And a fabulous new book landed on my desk this morning that I can’t keep my eyes out of. My Green City: Back to Nature with Attitude and Style is a quirky, visually-rich collection of large and small-scale projects that call attention to urban greening in fantastical, artful, and (sometimes!) practical ways. Looking at it is a refreshing reminder of the power of art, visionary thinking and good editing to inspire. Here’s a link to some page spreads and few of my favorite projects. (Full disclosure: one of our projects, the Gary Comer Youth Center, is included in the book, but that’s not why I like it!)
Florian Rexroth photographed “Trees of the City”, using a white cloth to separate urban trees from their context. In landscape architecture, context is everything, so this is both a jarring and provocative perspective on urban horticulture.
Dutch artist Frank Bruggeman comments on the common use of non-native trees in the Netherlands by planting and encircling a catalpa tree in the heart of a landscape where they are foreign.
The parking garage at Tokyo’s famous Shinjuku Gardens by Hong Kong-based Judy Cheung and Christoph Vogl inspires in its simplicity.
I couldn’t resist this one by Sandrine Estrade Boulet.
Have you seen something fun or quirky lately that calls attention to the importance of urban horticulture? Share it with us in the comment section below!