Advisors: Kristina Borrman, Ted Brown, Julia Czerniak

The garden is often misconstrued as ornamental excess, overshadowed by other more contemporary landscape tropes, yet it continues to inform the making of cities, buildings, and landscapes. Gardens serve our disciplines as both metaphor and analogs of fertility, beauty, purity, and environmental consciousness—replete with expressive and emblematic capacity. Gardens are not simply snapshots of static scenery. They are messy places of continuous change, indexes of human labor as well as vessels for invasive species and industrial toxins. Gardens also, most importantly, work. They sequester carbon, enable biodiversity, cleanse water, provide food and habitat, and offer shade and microclimates. In all these ways, gardens are freighted with biologic agency and cultural meaning which inform how we construct and construe the built environment. Gardens & the Architectural Imaginary considers gardens as a provocative source and catalyst for thinking the contemporary city, urban buildings, and designed landscapes. Our work together will be a field of experimentation:  research that advances the capacities of gardens to enable us to imagine new ways of seeing, valuing, acting, and designing within our anthropocentric environment.

May 4, 9am - 2:30pm

Additional Reviewers: Roger Hubeli, Molly Hunker

 9:00am Bryan Cordova & Terese Gibas
Mall Sprawl
 9:40am Haoyuan Wang & Xinhui Zhang
2.5D Cairo
 10:20am Kayleen O’Brien
It’s Folly to Think…
 11:00am Tatia Buziashvili
The Manual
 11:40am - 12:10pm  BREAK

Suren Sivaram & Bonnie Yu
An Interface

 12:50pm Gaole Stella Dai
Qi and Garden Wall
 1:30pm Luke Miller & Timothy Tamulonis
Rising to Ruin