“Architectural Grafts” is the garden as becoming; as a contradictory process where trees are pierced by an artificial element – a “prosthesis” – only to have that alien body and its act of aggression gradually incorporated into the wood by the passage of time.

Awarded third place in an international competition for built landscape designs in Austria (Private Plots and Public Spots 2008), the jury considered the project thusly: “Though an ethical understanding of plant treatment is irritating at first, the project communicates a new vocabulary for the investigation of gardens. The ideas are both innovative and controversial, and embody great poetry. A pink curtain instead of a hedge sets new accents; it plays on the contrast between natural and unnatural elements.”

Photos: Carlos Teixeira, Eduardo Eckenfels