Rethinking Urban Landscaping: Creating a UtilitopiaOctober 12, 2016 0 comments Print Article
As we move back into our urban core, there is a long abiding conversation in this community about greenspaces and living elements in our built environment. Check out this talk by Marcus Descant about new ideas in urban landscaping that build in a utilitarian approach to the relationship between plants and people.
From an early age Marcus has always admired the exquisite designs in nature, and questioned the industrialized settings for growing crops. This is obvious in his designs, emulating the curves we see in nature both for beauty and efficiency. He admires ecosystems as complex machines composed of thousands of components and made up of many organisms. In 2011 he started his current business "Urban Naturalist", to explore a new approach to agriculture. One where we recognize urban spaces as our most recent ecosystem, filled with resources and setbacks, just like any other ecosystem. He began melding agriculture and ornamental landscape practices to create a hybrid which strives for a utilitopian middle ground. His work can be seen in both public and private spaces, each one uniquely designed for purpose and comfort while utilizing light and space as efficiently as possible.
Check out his work on the urban naturalist