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 a vessels for invasive species and industrial toxins. Gardens also, most importantly, work. They sequester carbon, enable biodiversity, cleanse water, provide food and habitat, offer shade and microclimates. In all these ways, gardens are freighted with biologic agency and cultural meaning which inform the ways that 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.

february 26, 1:15PM

  • Tatia Buziashvili
    Informalized Formal Living
  • Bryan Cordova & Terese Gibas
    Mall Sprawl
  • Gaole Stella Dai
    Qi and Garden Wall
  • Luke Miller & Timothy Tamulonis
    Ecology of the Ruin Garden
  • Kayleen O’Brien
    Olympic Gardens
  • Suren Sivaram
  • Haoyuan Wang & Xinhui Zhang
    2.5D Cairo
  • Bonnie Yu
    Drawing Ambulatory Cartographies