plan as palimpsest

CELA POSTER_Michael Geffel_Editing Emergence

In between chicken & waffle tacos, bat clouds, and a Barton Springs cannonball competition, I recently had the pleasure of presenting the Morven Maintenance Exhibition at this year’s annual CELA Conference in Austin.  The goal of the poster was to communicate how maintenance practice can be a pedagogical model for understanding the landscape medium and for testing design ideas, but also as a personal experiment with the plan as palimpsest.  Landscape process is notoriously tricky to represent, and my primary approach has been to record site observations and resulting interventions as a “film strip,” which is helpful in extracting individual elements as they become apparent.  As an alternative to this method, the simultaneity of these observations begins to show the complexity, or genius loci, of the site, and the potential for adaptive maintenance to respond to the flux and novelty of landscape.

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