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Photograph: Julian Hughes

 

Future Farmers: Beneath The Pavement A Garden


Beneath the Pavement: A Garden was a project that considered biological forms in relation to political and social systems. It looked at the potential of a small plot of land on the Loughborough University campus to tell social and political stories, deconstructing systems, planting them and watching them grow.

Beginning the project, a three day workshop in May offered participants the opportunity to collectively debate, design and create edible landscapes based on political systems. Six socio-political systems arose through the workshops, manifest in the garden’s circular beds. While some systems used techniques from traditional gardening, others questioned natural hierarchies and chose to bridge political systems. Many of the garden beds themselves were deconstructed in accordance with the systems they represented, hierarchical systems developed into spirals, and democratic systems divided plots equally with space for varied types of plants.

The project initiated by Amy Franceschini and Myriel Milicevic was adopted by a number of volunteers who formed a student society at Loughborough University called ‘Landscaping our Society’.

Project site: http://www.futurefarmers.com/beneaththepavement/

Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an open practice of making work that is relevant to a time and place. The group is made up of artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyse moments of "not knowing". Whilst working collaborativly with scientists and exploring scientific inquiry, Futurefarmers ask questions more openly outside of scientific control. 

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