Spontaneous Vegetation IV
Cracks in the pavement, still unsealed fragments of urban soil: these are the places we often overlook but sometimes notice, especially when plants manage to use them and grow against all odds. To spot spontaneous vegetation, we need to re-focus and look away from the points our attention is naturally (or better, socially) drawn to.
Spontaneous vegetation: “…defined as all plants that develop without intentional horticultural input, is a characteristic element of the urban environment. It grows at no financial cost, is authentic and is always appropriate to site conditions.” (Kühn, N. “Intentions for the Unintentional: Spontaneous Vegetation as the Basis for Innovative Planting Design in Urban Areas”, 2006), “the de facto native vegetation of the city.” (Del Tredici, P. “Wild urban plants of the northeast”, 2010).
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