Category Archives: spontaneous vegetation

proposals for pruitt-igoe

Over the past few weeks, I have focused on developing an approach to the Pruitt-Igoe site that deals not only with program – but that reveals site history: Pruitt-Igoe, demolition, revegetation.  In this post I will describe the four strategies … Continue reading

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project statement: new, improved, and revised

Several narratives distinguish the city of Saint Louis.  Historically, it has historically served as a frontier trading village; both a stop and a destination for Exodusters following Emancipation and African Americans seeking work during the Great Migration; and an inland … Continue reading

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Pruitt-Igoe: vegetation and circulation, 2010 & 1968

This series of diagrams explores the relationship between the Pruitt-Igoe site as it exists today and structures present on the site in a 1968 aerial image. Diagram of 2010 canopy overlaid with 1968 building footprints.  There is no readily apparent … Continue reading

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Pruitt-Igoe Forest Timeline

Using historic imagery from GoogleEarth, this series of images explores the growth of the Pruitt-Igoe forest over time. These images suggest that varying site conditions or maintenance regimes allowed trees to grow first at the fence, and to spread from … Continue reading

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Lexicon terms: spontaneous vegetation, weeds and invasive species

Spontaneous vegetation, weeds and invasive species are three overlapping terms that refer to plants that were not intentionally cultivated at a given site by humans but not considered to grow there naturally, either.  The term “weeds” is used to refer … Continue reading

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Looking Forward

In “Intentions for the Unintentional: Spontaneous Vegetation as the Basis for Innovative Planting Design in Urban Areas” (JOLA, Autumn 2006), Norbert Kuehn writes, To intervene in spontaneous vegetation to improve it aesthetically may seem as a contradiction: ‘spontaneous’ means that … Continue reading

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