Street, wave and cyber gardening
Feilden Clegg Bradley’s Open Studio event for the LFA
Suspend reality and enter a world where anything could happen.
Ten speakers delivered quick-fire three-minute presentations, journeying through DNA and wave gardens, to an urban-Ebay, algae farms and green belts and braces.
Marco Poletto, of ecoLogicStudio, delighted the room with his H.O.R.T.U.S. installation at the AA earlier this year, which he said ‘engages with the notions of urban renewable energy and agriculture through a new gardening prototype’.
The algae and bioluminescent bacteria farm is fed by CO2 in the breath of spectators, and features a virtual interface via smart phones – what Poletto terms ‘cybergardening’.
Greening the city was a running theme of the evening, from Ed Lister’s reference to New York’s Highline to Sam Goss’ proposed vision for a greener skyline - green braces to hold up the green belt - and for reclaiming the front garden back from the car to create streetside park.
Described as a blue-green gym and masterplanned by APG Architects, Wavegarden UK will ride onto the 13-acre Bristol and West sports ground this year, and is based on real-life prototypes in the Basque Country.
As Sustainability Director of the £5 million project, Hines hopes to catalyse more projects that address our disconnection from nature, but also readdress our vision of the city. After all, says Hines, ‘surfers are urban creatures too’.
The evening also offered a sneak preview of FCB’s LFA exhibition ‘Through the Looking Glass’, a series of cardboard and light installations.
Whimsical and playful to match this year’s LFA theme, the structures made ideal surrounds for the speakers and audience to mingle amongst as they returned to reality.