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May192010

The Best Symbol of Peace Might Better Be the Garden than the Dove

Coming across a project entitled "The Vegetable Garden House" from the Italian collective in the 1970's calling themselves"Group 9999," the concept and ideals of the garden are manifested in a way that beholds it as a religious icon, or an altar, maybe.

Our project must be understood, therefore, as the model of a real object, which must find its place in the home. It is an eco-survival device, to be reproduced on a global scale. It is itself a habitable and consumable place in accordance with the principles of the recycling of resources. Intentionally, it makes use of very simple elements: a garden, water and an air bed.

[through this project] Man is in direct contact with nature: he follows its growth and development; [...]. He establishes a symbiotic relationship.

[...] If technology keeps on destroying nature, the possibility of having contact with the vegetable kingdom in its integral cycle will assume even greater significance. The vegetable garden will become the sacred place of a new religion.

Essentially what they are describing is the role many landscape architects have played for decades. The garden as a retreat from the "horrors" of urban plight. But perhaps a bit of a pessimistic outlook, as the only sanctuary in the future to experience "nature" within the city and even beyond would be personalised gardens.

While portrayed as a radical notion, Garrett Eckbo, Thomas Church, and James Rose among others were already expanding the idea of the garden, and blurring the lines of interior/exterior space. And one of the most important intentions of landscape architecture, is to bring what Group 9999 discusses as man's inherent mental and physical need for nature to the city confines. We should not have to choose between life in the city or the countryside: both are essential, but today it is nature, beleaguered in the country, too scarce in the city that has become precious.

 

Originally directed to me through @ethel_baraona

 

Reader Comments (3)

This post reminds me a lot of the book I am currently reading; Margaret Atwoods, "The Flood". The book is set in the not-so-distant future dystopian world where there is a new kind of religion called The Gardeners that have gone back to the earth. They don't use machines and they grow their own food and they believe in a hybrid of Creationism and Science that is actually really fascinating. This post, with it's talk of the "vegetable kingdom" and comparing the garden to a religious site is a lot like that. Fascinating stuff, thank you!
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Fascinating. I love theoretical design . . . you don't see enough of it these days.
May 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Rainer
i love the designs. very classical but modernly shown.
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