Thursday, June 23, 2011

Herewith, four urban pastorals.

One of the "practices of nature" imported into the city is the pastoral. Our parks and gardens reflect our expectations of this cultivated, improved nature sometimes referred to as "second nature" for agrian landscapes or "third nature" for gardens.

This wonderful New York Times article about marginal rooftop gardens does a great job of illuminating the culture of marginal urban gardening where spaces are transformed to places without official sanction. Through the work and affection of individual humans, a non-human community is created, not my marginal nature in which non-humans take the lead, but a similar transitory lifeworld emerging in the margins of the city. Up on the roof.

Check out the article here 

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