Profiles of Spontaneous Urban Plants is a project undertaken by the studio, looking with a fresh perspective at our existing conditions to better understand how our cities currently perform. The urban environment is already awash in plant life if one opens their eyes to a new way of seeing. Spontaneously propagating, resilient urban plants inhabit our most derelict landscapes - along roadsides and chain-link fences, between cracks of pavement, and within vacant lots, rubble dumps, and highway medians. What’s remarkable is the fact that these plants require no human assistance to assert and maintain themselves in these extreme, often volatile urban conditions, while providing the same ecologically performative benefits of traditional landscape plants and street trees.
This project was featured on Urban Omnibus: