Competition Entry, Venice Biennale of Architecture: Everyville; Fall 2008
Human Lawnscapes was entered in the Venice Biennale of Architecture student competition: Everyville 2008, Architecture Beyond Building. The competition called for a non-architectural response to suburban placelessness. Human Lawnscapes received an honorable mention and was displayed in the Arsenale during the Biennale.
Our project addresses the contribution of the lawn to the exurban crisis, acknowledging that the obsessive culture of private land creates isolated domestic enclaves, while pesticides and spilled gasoline contaminate the water table, and water resources are exhausted to sustain non-native grasses. In the Human Lawnscapes proposal, private lawns become public terrain. Everyville citizens don seed-dropping lawntextiles and become suburban pollinators. Everyville becomes an ever-evolving map of the human trace
Citizens emerge out of the isolated indifference of suburbia with a stake in the contested terrain they inhabit: Suburban monoculture becomes a dynamic polyculture in the expanded public realm. What persists over time is the memory of each citizen-pollinator, inscribed in the overgrown lawnscape.