UBC Graduate Research

Plants in Change : agency | aesthetics | globalization | managment Cress, Jasmine Pearl


Plants are valuable agents in the landscape. Their ability to move, change, grow and adapt makes them key players in issues of urbanization. Yet our treatment of them in the urban landscape often aims at preventing this. Plants are subject to what we find visually appealing and often pushed to the background. Spontaneous urban plant communities are an exception to this. Largely comprised of introduced ‘undesirable’ species they push boundary’s between aesthetics, disorder, and ecology. Humans are deeply interwoven within natural processes and our inability to see ourselves as incorporated in these systems has, in part, led us to where we are today. This project tries to establish new human-plant relationships though the establishment of more passive management techniques throughout everyday spaces. these are the spaces people often have the most interaction with plant life and can be considered the front line into creating cultural change around ideals of aesthetics. It looks at the benefits of allowing variable, unpredictable plant communities in these spaces, and different uses and activities they could offer, creating more interconnected dynamic communities.

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