Here’s an article about how tree witnessed the surrounding environments change. There are some nice images documented the tree rings.
Removed from its community of trees, from the representational perfection of the allee, the oaks begin to emerge as the compromised, asymmetrical, imperfect beings that the always, already have been.
Another kind of attention. Here, a hand drawn canopy projection. Centers de-centered. Measured symmetries. Hyphenated deviations. A crack in the sky.
What kind of embrace? A becoming landscape that bears witness to time. When will it be time to let go?
From 3D to 2D perception – by using Recap 360, we successfully extracted the laser scan data to a point cloud plan, showing these pin oak trees and their surrounding context on campus.
We might do well to argue up front that there is perhaps no such thing as one, single, isolatable tree—trees exist as intensely interconnected organisms that thrive and indeed require a range of mutualist associations through which energy, nutrients, and information is exchanged. An understanding of one tree quickly gives way to an understanding of the community of trees, and throughout the studio we will consistently interrogate the ways that our landscape imaginaries might be tuned to embrace this arboreal collectivity. Throughout the semester, we will use the allee as a laboratory—asking questions of the trees, asking questions of their context, and asking questions of ourselves.
Here’s a brief article written by a Harvard grad student who won the 2011 Young Curator’s award at the Canadian Centre for Architecture for an exhibition titled “First, The Forests.” The article is fairly straight forward, but I think the way he talks about forests as “lists, charts, factories, systems, models or assets” is interesting, particularly that through a bureaucratic lens and facilitated by certain ways of documenting, forests can be “deconstructed and reconstructed in the form of a list.” There are lots of links in the article which are worth following. (And lots of other great articles on the site if you have time to do some exploring.)