Tending to scalar ambiguity

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As landscape architecture increasingly engages with digital technology in all aspects of design, there is a risk of overlooking the speed, distance, simplifications and finality of technological solutionism. Such tendencies of solutionism do not lend themselves to alternative and varied understandings of more-than-human landscapes, and this is particularly concerning in the initial stages of site analysis, which provide an important foundation for design. To explore slower, direct and open-ended landscape architectural methods of site analysis and documentation, this research tends to the present ecology within a small-scale, suburban landscape. A conceptual framework of fungi provides a point of contrast to one’s experience of site, embracing complex, entangled and multi-scalar ways of knowing and rhizomorphic connectivity. The method of gardening holds space for a close, iterative and collaborative relationship with site, while storytelling is embraced as a sensemaking tool that can hold multiple scales, relationships, and ways of knowing together. Considered for how they prompt a continual return to site, these methods allow time and space for intricate ecologies and different understandings of site to emerge, inviting landscape architects to tend to the ambiguity, nuance and scalar complexity of landscapes.
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