Cultivating Scale: Funding Update8/21/2013
RSE awarded Graham Foundation Grant to extend research.
The global challenge of rapidly declining vegetative cover is being addressed by massive replanting projects that cross territorial, political, and cultural boundaries. The impulse to cultivate arid land is based on the requisite of combating the effects of desertification. Cultivating Scale proposes to reveal the elements that are essential to planting as a defense, to raise awareness of how these projects are transforming the environment. The tension between engineering infrastructure and cultivating healthy ecosystems is at the root of this topic, as projects span continents and range in the tens of millions of hectares. The varying frameworks and techniques that allow new plant cover to be introduced will be studied to form a critical perspective of each project, using historical, current, and future procedures. Because planting is the necessary foundation, Cultivating Scale will telescope across stages that consider the role of individual species from innovative seed mechanics to bionetworks.
Event: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum5/17/2013
"Tiny Taxonomy highlights the delicate beauty of mountain wildflowers and alpine perennials- common to rocky, high altitude environments."
This is the second iteration of Tiny Taxonomy; a little garden with big ambitions. A selection of plants is categorized by their common traits derived form an evolution towards miniaturization. This installation considers micro-features a design opportunity suggesting subtlety as an attraction while inviting attention, respect and even delight.
Published: TOPOS Magazine no.823/24/2013
Green Wall Infrastructure in China
The Chinese '3-North Shelterbelt Program' is the largest afforestation program in the world, which positions a massive tree planting scheme as the solution to dust storms. This national strategy aims to plant over 40% of China land area, a scale that will not only convert local ecologies, but alter adjacent territories and regional weather patterns. Arid land afforestation highlights the tension between engineering infrastructures and cultivating healthy ecosystems, as planting is used as a mechanism for carrying out urban agendas, casting trees as agents in our stewardship over nature.
photographs with thanks to
Tiny Taxonomy will be installed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA: Spring 2013.
As part of the installation, Rosetta is invited to a public discussion with Charles Waldheim on June 6, 2013. Please join!
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Symposium. Designing Nature as Infrastructure12/1/2012
Rosetta presented her research: "Planting the Desert: Cultivating Green Wall Infrastructure" at Technische Universitat Munchen, TUM Graduate School.
excerpt from the brief:
"Similar to “classic” infrastructure of the industrial era, a discrepancy between technological progress and the quality of their spatial organization is also emerging in the “new” Green Infrastructure . The “green” engineering structures are being developed in sectoral planning processes for optimization of technical aspects and were situated afterwards—design considerations play a secondary role. This lack of so-called architectural culture is not only reduced to the creative indifference of engineers and ecologists who develop their “design” from the logic of the relevant technology or remain as design laity in conventional patterns. They hardly possess the instruments to include greater spatial relationships in the design. The necessary interdisciplinary approach has to be initiated by architects, urban planners and landscape architects. However, designers who are dealing with urban and landscape reconstruction show a remarkable ignorance about innovations in the field of the “engineering science” ecology. This attitude hampers the use of innovative ecological approaches as well as new ideas for the design of human-natural systems – and a “relabeling” of the old concepts as infrastructure won’t change this."
Wageningen University. Review.
...a trip through Ghana- the Volta River Region and back to town of Almere in NL. A challenge to students to make connections in these disparate environments through studio work at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
"Ghanascapes aims to stimulate innovative thinking about architecture and landscape through an exchange between patterns of settlement in Ghana and Holland. The research in Ghana is focused on the registering- through mapping and measurement- the effects of the damming of the Volta River and the planned resettlement of villages that were created as a result of the Akosombo Dam."
Cie.& rse win first prize!!7/8/2011
Kaohsiung Port Station Urban Design Competition
"De Architekten Cie. has won the open international Kaohsiung Port Station Urban Design competition in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The 15.42 hectare site, is the derelict Port Station Railyards of the old port of Kaohsiung is to be transformed into a vibrant, new urban district centered around a linear park which highlights the cultural and historical heritage of the site. The team, led by associates Jason Lee and Patrick Koschuch, worked in collaboration with Rosetta Elkin of RSE Landscape on the winning proposal."
Taxonomy ed. 2011
Le Festival International de
Du 25 juin au 02 octobre 2011
rse + Fonds BKVB6/1/2011
rse is pleased to announce the ongoing support of Fonds BKVB. The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, known in the Netherlands as Fonds BKVB, is the national body responsible for enabling visual artists, designers, architects and cultural mediators to develop their work in a variety of ways. All the grant options and activities of the Fonds BKVB are dedicated, each in its own way, to promoting the contemporary visual arts, design and architecture in the Netherlands. The Fonds BKVB is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and is an autonomous foundation with an independent decision-making process.