tending the urban wild

1 | EDGE FENCELINE |  shrub/vine thicket | mow, hedge, prune

1 | EDGE FENCELINE | shrub/vine thicket | mow, hedge, prune

With municipal mowing serving to strategically pattern the post-suburban landscape, occupiable frames are created around spontaneous vegetation to allow for the tending of the urban wild.  As a tactical counter-balance to the top-down planning of the district, these activities are tailored to specific site conditions and reliant on the desires and abilities of the community to cultivate a right to the city.   Maintenance becomes an instrument of design activism with legal grounds emerging for the transfer of ownership of abandoned properties through “beautification.”  Vacancy ceases to be perceived as “open” or “blank” and is spatially redefined through the care of individual actors. 

2 | DRIVE/FOUNDATION | arrested meadow | mow desire lines and let the deer do the work

2 | DRIVE/FOUNDATION | arrested meadow | mow desire lines + let the deer graze

3 | PAVEMENT EDGE | Populas deltoides | let the beaver thin poplars

3 | PAVEMENT EDGE | Populas deltoides | let the beaver thin poplars

4 | WOLF TREEBED | emergent forest | mow, hedge and let the teens keep it clear

4 | WOLF TREEBED | emergent forest | mow, hedge and let the teens keep it clear

5 | PAVED STREAMBANK | Albizia julibrissin | limb up mimosa

5 | PAVED STREAMBANK | Albizia julibrissin | limb up mimosa

6 | REGRADED/UNPAVED | Pinus taeda | thin and limb up pines

6 | REGRADED/UNPAVED | Pinus taeda | thin and limb up pines

7 | FILLED WETLAND | Phyllostachys spp. | thin bamboo into clumps

7 | FILLED WETLAND | Phyllostachys spp. | thin bamboo into clumps

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