PDA Niedoba, Kalli Anne
Landscape Architecture has reacted to the pigeon-holing of its scope centered on contained parks and gardens, by expanding into other domains such as landscape urbanism, green infrastructure, and large scale climate adaptation. While these efforts are extremely important, this project takes a different position as it returns to the garden, and a globally significant flower species; the rose. PDA (Public Display of Affection) is a project that takes place at the University of British Columbia Rose Garden. As a typological case study, it co-opts the monofunctional and monocultural condition of the rose garden as an experimentation ground for the University’s Public Art Strategy. Framed conceptually by theory surrounding Affective Ecology, and guided by Donna Haraway’s writings in Staying with the trouble: making kin in the Chthulucene, this project is an interpretive exercise that seeks to arouse the existing condition of the garden through embedding and extending invitations within the site to renegotiate terms of behaviour, and expand the potentialities of experience and encounter between human and non-human organisms.
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