We celebrated the 4th anniversary of Arboreal Architecture by guerrilla planting the roadside in front of our office. Planters, used as part of traffic calming measures, have been largely neglected by the local council and so we took matters into our own hands. We chose to celebrate some of the quintessential London pioneer species Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and Buddleia (Buddleia davidii) which can be found growing in unpromising places all over the city. These plants are often considered weeds but to paraphrase Mary Douglas (see below) they are perhaps just plants "out of place".
"If we can abstract pathogenicity and hygiene from our notion of dirt, we are left with the old definition of dirt as matter out of place."
Dame Mary Douglas, "Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo" (1966)View more news