The idea of landscape as something other than a surface to
connect two front doors is radical. Our work sets out to question
the nature of this space - what every town & city has in
abundance - and programme it as opposed to designing it. The
distinction between these two activities is vital. One is about
beautification, which often degenerates into style or heritage. The
other is about reclaiming the space for genuine public use.
If the street could be the city art gallery, then why not a
school? No shops but markets? No theatre but a continuous
performance? The public realm has the ability to liberate many of
our treasured institutions in such a way that they could be
redefined. This is the work of the artist and architect, alongside
the rest of the community.
The work illustrated here has an intent that transcends
landscape design, these projects bring a joy to the public realm.
The nature of the elements within the landscape originate in ideas
workshops with users and client groups. This means that the
innovative elements within the proposals originate in the pure
aspirations of those that use the places.