Afternoon walk, Ljusterö 20 July 2020

40. Slowdown landscapes: Meadow

How the tumbling meadow in Linda Tegg’s ‘Infield’ installation for ArkDes suggests reforesting cities, looser urban landscapes, and replanting meadows at home.

Dan Hill
Dan Hill
Sep 24, 2020 · 9 min read
‘Infield’ in June 2020

Meadows over lawns

Seed pods from Infield, transplanted to our own meadow at home. The seeds were not exactly indigenous to the site, but it was an experiment.
The above was not the first meadow I’d made. Rather more ambitiously perhaps, when I was CEO of Fabrica I instigated ‘Project Meadow’, which was an initiative intended to make more productive use of Fabrica’s extraordinary gardens and grounds, or at least to ask inventive questions of it. In one of the several large lawns, we let the grass grow, with the results glimpsed above—more diversity of planting, and insect life, more human activity, and an aesthetic and ecological counterpoint to the clipped and precise (if equally beautiful) lawns elsewhere in the grounds. We then ran an ideas competition for the meadow, as it had given us a surface, or body, with which to sculpt. People proposed cutting mazes into it, placing sensors to listen to insects, making new buildings and garden rooms, planting vegetables and fruits, holding events, and so on. It was also an exercise in a form of democracy—the Fabrica gardener ending up winning the residents’ vote for the best idea—as well as making clear that the spaces were part of the creative canvas for residents and staff. More on this another day.

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Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

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